"I met my wife thanks to my life experiences and working environment, and together we have forged a life dedicated to filigree art."
Update (July, 2019)
“Working with filigree and this art became my whole life. There is no work more beautiful than that done with patience and good humor.
“I was the first artisan to have a small workshop dedicated to art in the town of San Jerónimo de Tunan. I have 9 brothers but only 4 including myself are dedicated to the art of filigree jewelry.
“We met Novica a little over 5 years ago, and since then our lives have only improved. We have learned a lot about innovation; about quality. It has had a great impact on our personal and family lives.
“As a result of sales, our growth is undeniable; we were able to move to a larger place where we are still working on the extension of the workshop. We started with a small workshop and today our place has more room. We were able to hire temporary and part-time staff that are in the workshop. I have also been able to provide training on the technique and share my knowledge. And, my children managed to successfully complete their education.
“We never imagined that our products could cross borders, and thanks to Novica they could begin to do so. Our plan for the future without a doubt is to open a store in my house in San Jeronimo, and in Lima, the central capital of Peru. We want to continue growing and expanding our art workshop.
“We are committed to the growth of our staff, single mothers who give their best effort not only in the workshop but to their children and family. We want to continue supporting those who work with us and our community.
“39 years later I find myself more stable, and very happy about the achievements obtained, such as one of the prizes I won, the national contest of the silver patronage in the filigree category. I have been recognized in my Huancayo region as well.”
Original Artisan Story
"My work is an art form I enjoy developing because it challenges my artistic skills. Filigree is hard work, but my patience and dedication serve me well when I am working on new designs.
"I was born in Oroya, in the Junin Department. I trained as a silversmith in San Jerónimo de Tunan, where my mother was born and a place I love. I was an apprentice to some of the most renowned master silversmiths of the region. I eagerly learned all I could from them and gradually, as I honed my own skills, my jewelry became impeccable. So much so, that I started to develop my own collections.
"I think of myself as a happy, responsible and hardworking person and these traits served me well when at 18 years of age I faced the challenge of becoming an independent artisan. I am now in a more stable position and I am proud of what I have achieved, especially the awards I have received and among them is the Filigree Award at a national competition sponsored by Peru’s patronato de la plata (silver association).
"Our workshop is pulling through thanks to the conjoined efforts of my family and my team. Our designs are inspired by our natural environment as well as by our culture's customs, and these are represented by our prime material: silver.
"I met my wife thanks to my life experiences and working environment, and together we have forged a life dedicated to filigree art. We share our passion, experiences and love for this art through each of our designs. We hand craft our designs at our workshop, always making sure we attain the high quality our customers deserve."