Inside the Studio

 

Each of our stones is intuitively hand selected for its unique character & individual beauty.

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Melting down the silver to begin the jewelry making process.

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Shaping the bezels which will hold the stones perfectly in place.

silversmith silversmithing handmade jewelry silver stones design mexico ethically made artisan studio

Our artisans work from their family studio located in a quiet pueblo in central Mexico.

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silversmith silversmithing handmade jewelry silver stones design mexico ethically made artisan studio

Carefully adding our hand-stamped designs.

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silversmith silversmithing handmade jewelry silver stones design mexico ethically made artisan studio

silversmith silversmithing handmade jewelry silver stones design mexico ethically made artisan studio

Designing jewelry has greatly improved my Spanish ;)

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Setting a magical moonstone.

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Admiring the almost finished product before polishing them up to shine.

silversmith silversmithing handmade jewelry silver stones design mexico ethically made artisan studio

Although I had no idea 3 years ago when MAHKA was born and I was intricately weaving all of my crystal jewelry by hand, this path would lead me to seek out a source of ethical manufacturing in Mexico. I have always been drawn to this land- the friendly faces and beautiful hearts, the color, and the rich culture that remains intact day after day. 

I had been collecting cabochon stones for jewelry making and sketching ideas on random scraps of paper for about a year before I journeyed to Mexico. I left with not much of a plan except for the knowing that I wanted to work closely with native silversmiths and artisans. Fast forward many moons later and I am now regularly creating new jewelry collections with these artisans. Each time I see my designs brought to life by their skilled and careful hands feels absolutely surreal.

The quality and integrity of the production process is very important to me. I spent a lot of time and energy feeling out various options and traveling to different places before I found the perfect environment for MAHKA to be made. Every piece is individually handcrafted with intention and can take many hours to complete. I hope that these photos take you on a journey into our studio and provide you with a better idea as to how your jewelry came to be.

 

xo Rachel

 

All photos by Rachel Ceretto

 


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