For Wear LACMA Gabriela Artigas & Company have created a shell choker in 14-Kt gold plate based on some of the objects made of gold and marine shells in LACMA’s Art of the Ancient Americas collection.
The Artigas sisters, Teresita and Gabriela, find joy and inspiration in the small details of everyday life. Growing up in Mexico City, the Artigas siblings found themselves surrounded by many socially diverse and vibrant cultures. As a result of their immersion in that cosmopolitan population the Artigas's developed a strong sense of compassion, humor, and humanity. Those traits, combined with their core values of collaboration and integrity, clearly inflect every aspect of the jewelry line and business practice, which is based in Los Angeles.
The pieces the Artigas Sisters have created are inspired by the hammered gold of 15th century tweezers and the shape of the Spondylus Shell with lidded jade bowl in LACMA’s collection. The sisters were drawn to the Art of the Ancient Americas because of their love for the Zapoteca culture and especially the state of Oaxaca.
Wear LACMA is an art and fashion project created by some of Los Angeles's top designers, featuring unique pieces inspired by LACMA's collection and exhibitions. Designed in California, these items are sold at the LACMA Store and online, with all proceeds benefiting the museum. This project was created by LACMA's Director's Circle.
- 14-Kt gold plate on brass choker
- Choker: 5.14 x 5.5 x 0.08 inches
- Pendant: 2.75 x 2 x 0.25 inches
- Designed for Wear LACMA