By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Oro de Monte Albán — the only jeweler in Mexico authorized by the country’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to produce gold and silver reproductions of pre-Hispanic art — has just released its new Luz de un Corazón (Light of a Heart) collection, which highlights the internationally quintessential symbol of love, heart shapes.
The romantic handcrafted collection includes a limited selection of white sapphire-studded silver heart earrings, sets of tiny silver ribbon earrings with matching rings tied into heart-shaped bows, and stunning 14-carat gold earrings with dangling heart-formed leaves.
Founded in the capital city of Oaxaca in 1943, Oro de Monte Albán is a 100-percent Mexican-owned company.
The fourth-generation, family-run enterprise prides itself on conserving the beauty of pre-Columbian art styles and handcrafting each piece of jewelry, so each piece is unique, a one-of-a-kind treasure.
Inspired by the rich cultural traditions of Oaxaca’s indigenous communities, the jewelry of Oro de Monte Albán is crafted by local artisans under the supervision of Oro de Monte Albán master designer Ileana Rojas.
The new Luz de un Corazón collection and other Oro de Monte Albán designs can be purchased at the brand’s exclusive chain of stores in Oaxaca, as well as at the Monte Albán archeological site and at Shops Down Town at the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico.
Pieces can also be purchased online from Oro de Monte Albán website.