Friday, May 1, 2015

Calima Jewellery: Pre-Columbian Jewelry

Like any other woman, I appreciate fine jewelry and accessories. I always feel more polished when I am wearing one. So when I got an invite to visit the Calima Jewellery showroom in Makati with some of my friends, I immediately said yes.

Calima owner, Claudia Hernandez is a Colombian native and a long-time Philippine resident. She brings her Colombian roots to the Philippines through her brand of pre-Columbian jewelry, Calima. Just in case you are wondering where the name Calima comes from, it is named after an indigenous group in Colombia.

The Calima company uses a mixture of 24 and 18 K gold plate, which gives each piece an intense and unique depth of color, using the lost-wax process, and combining it with top quality semiprecious stones such as sodalite, amazonite, jasper, onyx, and agate. The indigenous artifacts are then incorporated into modern earrings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, bangles and rings, creating a visually pleasing synthesis of contemporary design and ancient craftsmanship.

Prices in the store are very affordable and range from Php1,000 to Php11,000.  The designs are not only exquisite, but the company also has a lifetime maintenance and guarantee for its pieces.

Here are some of the pieces that stand out:

The afternoon will not be complete if we did not have our wine, cheese and charcuterie!

I am still thinking of going back and getting this gold and carnelian lizard necklace. What do you think? It's the perfect Mother's Day gift - to myself! Teehee!

Or maybe this disc earrings, perhaps?

Thank you Calima Jewellery for having us over! I enjoyed the cheese and learning all about the history of pre-Columbian jewellery.

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