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Teodoro Melendez and Family

Teodoro Melendez and Family

5.0 (artist rating)

"One of my most cherished moment was when I had a small workshop and my children, Carlos and Alicia, where with me while I was cutting gems by hand."

"I was born in 1924 in Trujillo, known as the 'city of eternal spring.' None of my parents were artisans, in fact dad... was an archaeologist and mom a homemaker. However my artistic formation came from my dad during his work as an archaeologist in pre-Hispanic sites, and later as the curator of a museum. That's when I became inspired to craft jewelry with designs and motifs unique to ancient Peru. It has been my passion and my life ever since then.

"It all actually began as a hobby, but with the passing of time it became something more serious for me, especially after reading the books by Julio C. Tello. I learned so much from them about my country's history and the different cultures that once made part of it. I mainly take my inspiration from these books to design my jewelry and select the gemstones that are a better for them.

"One of my most cherished moments was when I had a small workshop and my children, Carlos and Alicia, were with me while I was cutting gems by hand. Then we put them through a little machine to perfect the contours. Mine was a small workshop and we could not afford the larger, pricier machines.

"In my free time I enjoy swimming, soccer and basketball. I would describe my work as having a strong pre-Hispanic essence that is allowed to be sold outside of Peru. Reason being that the original pieces are obviously considered patrimony of the state and their sale is banned. That's why I love the idea that foreigners can get to share part of our history through my designs, where I try to replicate both metals and gems.

"Through my collections I try to convey the value of our cultures, and I think people will appreciate the work. It includes hammering, stamping, chisel work and melting – techniques we've been using for quite a while now, just like the Peruvian silversmiths of yore. I've exhibited my work in museums and galleries in Lima.

"The biggest challenge I have faced is starting from zero, without the support of either the banks or other financial institutions. Little by little, we've grown since then and have become a sustainable family enterprise.

"I would like to say that each of my designs represents a lifetime of dedication to the promotion of pre-Hispanic art for the newer generations to appreciate."
101 items

Chrysocolla pendant bracelet, 'Stunning Elegance' - Chrysocolla and Silver Pendant Bracelet from Peru

Stunning Elegance

Chrysocolla and Silver Pendant Bracelet from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$179.99 $170.99

Carnelian pendant necklace, 'Majestic Cradle' - Round Carnelian Pendant Necklace from Peru

Majestic Cradle

Round Carnelian Pendant Necklace from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$109.99

Sodalite and chrysocolla beaded necklace, 'Naturally, Peru' - Sodalite Chrysocolla Beaded Necklace 925 Sterling Silver Art

Naturally Peru

Sodalite Chrysocolla Beaded Necklace 925 Sterling...

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$319.99 $287.99

Opal and quartz beaded necklace, 'Lustrous Beauty' - Hand Crafted Opal and Quartz Beaded Necklace from Peru

Lustrous Beauty

Hand Crafted Opal and Quartz Beaded Necklace from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$139.99 $125.99

Amethyst beaded bracelet, 'Enchanted Purple' - Purple Amethyst Beaded Bracelet from Peru

Enchanted Purple

Purple Amethyst Beaded Bracelet from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$79.99

Sodalite beaded pendant necklace, 'Infinite Ocean' - Sodalite and Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace from Peru

Infinite Ocean

Sodalite and Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$159.99 $143.99

Jasper beaded bracelet, 'Columns' - Spiral Motif Jasper Beaded Bracelet from Peru

Columns

Spiral Motif Jasper Beaded Bracelet from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$69.99

Sodalite pendant necklace, 'Stunning Leaves' - Leaf Motif Sodalite Pendant Necklace from Peru

Stunning Leaves

Leaf Motif Sodalite Pendant Necklace from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$139.99 $125.99

Garnet chandelier earrings, 'Spiral Nebula' - Spiral Sterling Silver Earrings with Garnets

Spiral Nebula

Spiral Sterling Silver Earrings with Garnets

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$34.99

Carnelian pendant necklace, 'Radiant Glow' - Beaded Carnelian Pendant Necklace

Radiant Glow

Beaded Carnelian Pendant Necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$189.99

Carnelian pendant necklace, 'Shades of Sunset' - Natural Carnelian Pendant Necklace

Shades of Sunset

Natural Carnelian Pendant Necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$189.99

Amethyst beaded bracelet, 'Violet Owls' - Amethyst and Sterling Silver Beaded Bracelet from Peru

Violet Owls

Amethyst and Sterling Silver Beaded Bracelet from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$89.99 $80.99

Sodalite pendant necklace, 'Circular Logic' - Natural Sodalite Gemstone Necklace

Circular Logic

Natural Sodalite Gemstone Necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$154.99

Agate and sterling silver beaded bracelet, 'Warm and Cool' - Beaded Bracelet with Orange Agate

Warm and Cool

Beaded Bracelet with Orange Agate

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$69.99

Amethyst beaded bracelet, 'Elegant Glam' - Natural Amethyst Beaded Bracelet from Peru

Elegant Glam

Natural Amethyst Beaded Bracelet from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$69.99

Beaded carnelian and sterling silver bracelet, 'Courageous Beauty' - Sterling and Carnelian Bead Bracelet

Courageous Beauty

Sterling and Carnelian Bead Bracelet

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$64.99

Carnelian pendant necklace, 'Carnelian Heart' - Carnelian Beaded Pendant Necklace from Peru

Carnelian Heart

Carnelian Beaded Pendant Necklace from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$109.99

Reconstituted turquoise beaded bracelet, 'Undulating Sea' - Peruvian Reconstituted Turquoise Bracelet

Undulating Sea

Peruvian Reconstituted Turquoise Bracelet

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$99.99

Sterling silver dangle earrings, 'Andean Owl Twins' - Owl Earrings in Sterling Silver from Peru Jewelry

Andean Owl Twin

Owl Earrings in Sterling Silver from Peru Jewelry

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$49.99 $44.99

Lapis lazuli beaded necklace, 'Andean Legend' - Handmade Sterling Silver and Lapis Lazuli Beaded Necklace

Andean Charm

Handmade Sterling Silver and Lapis Lazuli Beaded Necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$199.99 $179.99

Multi-gem beaded bracelet, 'Lady of Trujillo' - Andean Gemstone Silver Sterling Beaded Bracelet

Lady of Trujillo

Andean Gemstone Silver Sterling Beaded Bracelet

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$99.99 $89.99

Sodalite pendant necklace, 'Tupa Yupanqui' - Sterling Silver Pendant Sodalite Necklace

Tupa Yupanqui

Sterling Silver Pendant Sodalite Necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$189.99 $170.99

Aventurine and sterling silver beaded necklace, 'Peanuts' - Hand Crafted Aventurine and Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace

Peanuts

Hand Crafted Aventurine and Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$139.99 $125.99

Sodalite beaded necklace, 'Andean Raindrops' - Sodalite beaded necklace

Andean Raindrops

Sodalite beaded necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$269.99

Carnelian dangle earrings, 'Radiant Glow' - Dangle Earrings with Carnelian from Peru

Radiant Glow

Dangle Earrings with Carnelian from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$49.99

Sodalite beaded necklace, 'Titicaca Mermaid' - Handmade Sterling Silver Beaded Sodalite Necklace

Titicaca Mermaid

Handmade Sterling Silver Beaded Sodalite Necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$269.99 $242.99

Amazonite beaded pendant necklace, 'Warm Ocean' - Amazonite and Sterling Silver Beaded Pendant Necklace

Warm Ocean

Amazonite and Sterling Silver Beaded Pendant Necklace

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$149.99 $134.99

Rhodochrosite beaded bracelet, 'Color of Romance' - Natural Rhodochrosite Bracelet

Color of Romance

Natural Rhodochrosite Bracelet

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$79.99

Amethyst beaded bracelet, 'Touch of Purple' - Handcrafted Amethyst and Sterling Silver Bracelet from Peru

Touch of Purple

Handcrafted Amethyst and Sterling Silver Bracelet...

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$69.99 $62.99

Tourmaline pendant bracelet, 'Sweet Seafoam' - Green Tourmaline Beaded Pendant Bracelet

Sweet Seafoam

Green Tourmaline Beaded Pendant Bracelet

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$44.99

Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Sun Allegory' - Peruvian Handcrafted Jewelry Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace

Sun Allegory

Peruvian Handcrafted Jewelry Sterling Silver Beaded...

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$129.99 $116.99

Amazonite beaded stretch bracelet, 'Aqua Harmony' - Hand Crafted Amazonite Bracelet

Aqua Harmony

Hand Crafted Amazonite Bracelet

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$34.99

Amethyst beaded bracelet, 'Violet Orbs' - Amethyst and Sterling Silver Beaded Bracelet from Peru

Violet Orbs

Amethyst and Sterling Silver Beaded Bracelet from Peru

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$69.99 $62.99

Sodalite and chrysocolla beaded bracelet, 'Harmony of Peace' - Sodalite and chrysocolla beaded bracelet

Harmony of Peace

Sodalite and chrysocolla beaded bracelet

5.0
(Teodoro Melendez and Family)
$77.99 $70.19

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