PRODUCTION TIME: Jewelry Pieces: 3 weeks. Handcrafting: 5 days.
- CRAFTSMEN INVOLVED PROCESS: (2) Luis, Karim.
- MATERIALS: Made with recycled brass mixed with silver / Gold-plated 24K + Recycled teak wood + water pearls.
Mama Killa or Kilya was known as "Mother Moon", and was goddess of the moon, this has been the inspiration for The Kilya Earrings. The Kilya Earrings are made with recycled pine wood, collected from large wood shops in Medellin, where we buy the small remnants, avoiding tons of waste which allow us to make our contribution to a more conscious production.
Each piece is carved around and by hand by Luis, an expert in wood carving, in his workshop. First, the wood must go through a removal process to prevent the final product from deforming, that is why it is left to dry between 3 and 4 days, and then goes on to carving. Each pair of earrings takes about 4 hours to be carved in detail and is finally finished to protect the piece. This work is done with liquid porcelain. The art of applying porcelain tile well is quite complex, because if it is applied incorrectly, brushstrokes or patches would appear damaging all the previous work done. Then Luis goes on to make the holes to put the rings that finally allow the grip to the gold piece (Studs) and also for the details in freshwater pearls.
The union between artisans and jewelers always passses trouh a curation process by our production leaders, both in Medellin and Cali, for quality control. The golden piece also takes a long and complex process, here is the step by step: First we create the shape in wax, carved by Karim (our Jewelry leader) completely by hand. When we are not satisfied with the wax result, we design the piece in a 3D program on the computer and it is laser printed. Once it is approved, we make a mother mold from which multiple copies are made. The trees are made with wax, they are filled with metal (which in our case is recycled bronze mixed with silver. We buy that bronze in to other jewelers and we do it with the purpose of reducing waste in the industry).
Upon leaving the oven, each piece is polished by hand, by our team of goldsmiths and finally they are bathed in 24K gold (which we outsource to an expert company in this technique). Only the jewelry process can take around 3 months or more when we are doing product development. When it comes to a product that we are reproducing, it may take around 3 weeks depending on the quantities.