Our family has always been into some kind of local crafts from dressmaking (my mom’s) to handicrafts production utilizing indigenous materials until the late 1980’s when export declined. So it was not a surprise when Josie, my sister pursued the more intricate art of jewelry making. For several decades, her venture evolved from a corner wedding-ring-college-ring kind of jewelry shop to a jewelry atelier where hundreds of fashion and fine jewelleries are custom-made and selectively produced for loyal clients.
This gallery of one-of-a-kind jewelry art (above photos) are just few of the items that her modest workshops have already produced for the last several years. There were hundreds more – all sold out. More designs are being crafted as of this moment with no signs of slowing down.
Each item speaks for itself and the style easily stands out despite the deluge of machine-made imports.
All of the pieces of jewelry are handcrafted by local artisans. The designs are most oftentimes inspired by local flora and fauna and the tropical surroundings of the Bicol region. Her genre of jewelry art can be categorized as Contemporary Ethnic Filipiniana.
My sister’s workshops are located in Bulan, Sorsogon and in Sorsogon City.
Photos courtesy of Peewee Benitez from his Instagram and FB sites and Joy Gems Bicol, Philippines.