We recently caught up with jeweller Andrea Iglesias; who kindly gave us an exclusive interview from Aguas Calientes, Mexico.
What does jewellery means to you?
For me Jewellery is like old photographs. Every time I wear them it takes me back to a specific moment in my life. Every piece carries a moment, a feeling or a person. There is always a story behind it. The jewellery I own, has been given to me as a gift, I have made it for my self for a specific reason or swapped with fellow jewellers.
Where did you studied jewellery?
I started back when I was in Colombia. Went around the city asking old jewellers if they could teach me. Because back then (1996) there was no formal training. In 2006, I enrolled at the Design Centre Enmore to study Jewellery and Object Design in Sydney, Australia where I graduated.
What are some current jewellery trends that you like to work with?
I don't see my self as trend follower, in fact I try to stay away from it. Find it very difficult to create that way, is like putting yourself in a box and no holes to breath.
What metal do you prefer the best? Sterling Silver or Gold?
I prefer sterling silver. It gives me the freedom to create pieces in any size with out restrictions.
What is your colour gold preference; yellow, white or rose?
Yellow, to see the classic gold transform into a contemporary piece is mesmerising.
Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery?
Diane Appleby's "Pebble Ring" is a beautiful simple design that always reminds of my incredible time in Australia.
Who or what inspires you?
Right now, Mexico. Walking through old towns, stoping at little street called “mercados”, colourful restaurants; having a conversation with a stranger is invigorating.
What do you love most about what you do?
Usually I start a piece with an idea of what I want. But sometimes, half way through the process you can view things differently. That's when the magic happens; and the piece ends up being something entirely different to what I expected.
What collection are you working on?
Right now, I am working on a series of one-off oversize sterling silver rings.
What’s next for you?
The creation of a production line, inspired on the mexican sacred hearts. Will start with neckpieces, but I’m also planning some rings and brooches too.
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