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Mexico is well-known for its exquisite silver jewelry and intricate designs inspired by a rich indigenous heritage. No trip to Mexico seems complete without acquiring a stunning piece of jewelry to take home. And for every well-established Mexican jewelry designer who has attained international recognition, there are countless emerging designers and craftspeople creating stunning and unique pieces. We took to the streets in Mexico City and perused interesting shops and pop-up markets to compile a selection of the best Mexican jewelry designers to look out for.
10 Best Mexican Jewelry Designers in Mexico City
The brand was born at a crossroads in the designer’s life. She had been out of Mexico for 10 years and living in Portland, Oregon, when she felt the need to return to her country, despite not knowing what she’d do when she got there. On a trip to Mexico City, she found a goldsmith shop with a sign that read, “Learn to make a ring in a day.” The first pieces she made were quickly snapped up by her friends, and that’s when she knew she was onto something. Her pieces are produced in Guadalajara and can be purchased at pop-up markets and select stores in Mexico City, like Happening Store.
Mina de Mar
In Giovanna Silva’s words, the designer behind Mina de Mar, the brand is imbued with romantic marine airs in every detail. Inspired by the beauty of beaches and reefs, she created a collection that fuses elements of the ocean and minerals of the earth. All the pieces are handmade in a workshop in Guadalajara, carefully crafting the details of each piece. Her collection can be found at her online store or at Tráfico Bazar, a monthly pop-up market in Mexico City’s trendy Roma neighborhood – follow them on Instagram for actual dates.
Founded by two sisters (STEL = Esthela and RÖZE = Rocío), the brand’s designs can be described as “wearable art.” Each piece is handmade, with only one to three items per design, and the designers work with different communities throughout the world. Some pieces are designed by the sisters and others are proposed by the communities they collaborate with, but Estela and Rocío always choose the color palettes and the materials that will make their jewelry come alive. Their pieces are currently designed and produced in Mexico, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Milan, and Madrid with high-quality materials to ensure durability. Find their collection online or at pop-up markets in Mexico City.
Beka is created for people who want to express their identity in a fun, authentic, and graceful way. Rebeca González, the industrial designer behind the brand, creates each piece by hand using different artisan techniques, sometimes enlisting the help of as many as three people at her workshop in downtown Mexico City. Her pieces, which she hopes are small treasures in the life of their new owners, can be found online and at pop-up markets like Vanitas Bazar in the Coyoacán neighborhood and Mercado Escondido in Polanco, both in Mexico City.
The brand was born with the intention of filling life with color, joy, and good vibes. When designing her collections, Talía searches for inspiration in various cultures to expose herself to different concepts of beauty. She may design a piece based on a stone she comes across or a pattern she finds on her travels. All her products are unique and handmade, with production lines in Mexico, India, and Turkey. Some of her designs are intervened by the craftsmen who produce them, who she believes are the true experts in the field. Find her pieces online, at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, select shops throughout the country, and pop-up markets in Mexico, Texas, and Barcelona. In Mexico City, she frequently has a stall at Tráfico Bazar and Zona Zero.
Her collections are inspired by the multicultural experience she gained from traveling the world. After her fashion design studies in Guadalajara, she headed to Paris for a diploma in haute couture, where she found her muse among architectural treasures and museum relics. Each design is unique and modeled in wax. When producing her pieces in a workshop by her garden, she likes experimenting with new textures and playing with the shapes of stones. Find her designs on Instagram and at pop-up markets in Mexico City and Guadalajara.
Azure’s philosophy is to make pieces for everyone, regardless of gender, because people are as unique and different as the brand’s limited-edition collections. The design team is made up of Cynthia, who leads the way and dictates the lines for the collections, Joyce, who uses her international vision to determine the markets to target, and Carlos, in charge of marketing and production. The pieces are produced at their own workshop with the help of goldsmiths and jewelers that have been working with them for more than 10 years. Azure jewelry can be found online and in shops throughout Mexico, the USA, Germany, and Spain, among other countries, as well as pop-up markets, museums, and international trade shows. For a full list of retailers, consult their website.
A piece by Lili Carrillo is not only interesting on account of its vibrant colors and rich textures but also because it’s committed to fair trade and socially responsible practices. Born in the designer’s native Veracruz, the brand soon made its way to a workshop in Cholula, Puebla, where Lili employs single mothers and pregnant women from the region to make each piece by hand. Part of the proceeds goes towards courses to support the women on topics ranging from nutrition to gender equality. Her pieces can be found online and in Puebla, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Mexico City, as well as in Germany.
The brand’s name means ‘Urban Jewelry’ and its silver collections are inspired by daily life in the city. Ariadna, Juliana, and Rodolfo are the design team behind the brand and they aim to create fun, lightweight pieces that accompany the wearer in their day-to-day activities. Their jewelry is produced in Mexico using .925 silver and 100% Mexican materials, and they combine the highest technology with traditional goldsmith practices. They have points of sale at different shopping malls in Mexico City, participate regularly in pop-up markets, and have an online presence.
The brand’s philosophy is to materialize dreams into jewels, reinterpreting everything that makes us happy and turning it into pieces boasting authentic design, quality, and social conscience. All the pieces are designed and handmade by goldsmith and jeweler Patricia Zermeño at her workshop in Puebla. The brand participates regularly at the pop-up markets Tráfico Bazar and Mercado Escondido in Mexico City and has pieces at Casa Salt, a store that sells items by emerging Mexican designers exclusively. Check out Malintzi’s latest collection online.