Exquisite textiles are every bit as fine as fine jewelry, so why not wear them the same way? We teamed up with master jewelry maker Ale Bremer, a Brooklyn transplant from the desert of northern Mexico, to make this show-stopping ring from Mexican sterling silver and a fine textile embroidered by a cooperative of indigenous women in Puebla. Guaranteed to add a bit of shine, color and soul to your daily life and your special events. Available in sizes 6 or 7.
Impact: Each ring provides 1 day of work to women, and 3 days of education for girls through the Catrinka Girls Project.
The women behind the ring:
Alejandra Bremer learned her love for metals and craftsmanship from her grandfather, a metallurgical engineer, on weekend trips to her family ranch in northern Mexico. She has been making jewelry since 2003, and now lives in Brooklyn. She finds inspiration in her Mexican heritage, and is dedicated to sourcing materials from Mexico, even when there are cheaper (and often lower quality) imported alternatives. This shared commitment to investing as fully as possible in the countries where we work, and Ale's extraordinary artistry, inspired us to partner on this collection.
The textile for the Alejandra Cuff and the Alejandra Ring was embroidered by 9 indigenous Nahua women artisans, including Juana Martínez and Marcolina Salvador Hidalgo (pictured here - Marcolina is in blue), who form the group Chachahuantla - Mujeres Indígenas Nahuas. The group was formed in 1995 in Puebla, and identify themselves as “Sihua Tlanzoncame Tlaiquitinime”, which in Nahua means "women embroiderers and weavers". They are a founding member of La Red Niumatat, which provides them market access to companies like ours. They work both by hand and with sewing machines, and specialize in quexquémetl (a typical local poncho). The group is inspired by the natural world and include stars, flowers and animals in their designs, all of which are deeply meaningful in their culture. The textile chosen for this cuff is made using the pepenado technique, and is used in their traditional dress (pictured on Marcolina).