The story of Los Colores de la Tierra

The artist

The artist and designer of our jewelry, Jaime Vargas, is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Jaime spent most of his life studying and learning from different indigenous cultures and their traditional methods of producing artifacts throughout all of the Americas. In 1992, Jaime arrived to Guatemala to learn from the rich Mayan culture

 

From the left: The first logo of Los Colores de la Tierra (when it was called El Quinto Sol). Jaime Vargas in one of our shops in Antigua

 

The artisans 

Jaime wished to expand and develop his jewelry collection with the talent of the local, Mayan artisans. The main objective was to create dignified and fair working conditions in the villages of Guatemala.

 

Artisans of Los Colores de la Tierra and artist Jaime in Guatemala 

 

"It occurred to me that their pay was not fair, which inspired me to work with them. My initial goal was to generate dignified and fair employment"

(Jaime Vargas)  

The design

The encounter with Mayan artisans led Jaime to develop and refine his jewelry design and production methods inspired by the traditional ways of the Mayan people. With the local artisans' input and Jaime's experience working with ceramic, together they created our famous ceramic bead jewelry under the name of Los Colores de la Tierra (The Colors of the Earth).  

From the left: Our classic small beads. Different sizes of ceramic beads. Our classic beads after dying process
 
The Mayan influence is seen in our colorful designs often combined with locally sourced jade, traditional textiles and embroideries. In all of his jewelry, Jaime combines his extensive knowledge of Latin American art with his experience making the unique ceramic beads.

The workshops

The jewelry is handmade in Guatemala with locally sourced workforce and locally sourced materials. Our main workshop is located in Antigua, and besides that we have several workshops around Lake Atitlan. 

Everything, from the smallest ceramic beads to the decoration of bigger ceramic sculptures, is handmade in our workshops. Furthermore, we pick and buy our traditional Mayan textiles and jade minerals from local artisans and include them in our pieces by hand. 

The shops 

We currently have two physical shops in the center of Antigua, just 10 seconds from the famous Santa Catalina Arch. In these two shops, we sell all of our beautiful collections. We will continuously add more and more of these collections to the website. But if you are ever in Antigua, please come to visit our shops and see our beautiful work. See our address here

 

The jewelry is the fruit of many years of sacrifice, hard work, and endless dedication. If you have any questions or inquiries, please don't hesitate to use one of these channels to get in contact.