Famed for its ‘heart of silver’, the beautiful pink stone colonial city of Zacatecas made its fortune from the mines deep below the surrounding windswept plains, and silver still pulses through its veins.
While the thriving city no longer depends on the silver industry, a small number of silversmiths such as Tomas Mariscal are still using locally mined metal to create high-quality, unique pieces of sterling silver jewellery using traditional techniques.
"The Saturn Bubble Ring is just one of the charming pieces from amanodesigns.co.uk, a company setup by a British couple when they moved to Mexico. Fine silver craftsmanship is a centuries old tradition in that country and all Amano Designs' jewellery is made by artisan silversmiths in tiny workshops in and around the old colonial town of Taxco. In addition to supporting small-scale silversmiths the company donates some of it's profits to sponsor local children through school."