With a concept of jewellery based on a fusion of traditional craftsmanship and avant-garde design, Mexican Daniel Espinosa has beguiled with his baroque creations such stars as Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow and actresses in the successful television series Gossip Girl.
A recently discovered clay vessel that contained a collection of jewelery from the "Iron I" period which dates back to around 1100 BC, is displayed at Tel Aviv University. Archaeologists have unearthed an exquisite collection of 3,000-year-old jewellery, including hundreds of beads, gold earrings and a seal ring at Tel Megiddo in northern Israel. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ
In times of crisis and austerity, Espinosa, rather than conservatively sticking to discreet, unpretentious jewels, goes in for baroque creations with all the personality in the world.
"I like to make eye-catching jewels with geometric volumes," the designer said.
Born to a family of jewellers in Taxco, home of Mexican silver, Espinosa, who has the profession and technique in his blood, preferred to concentrate more on design and moved to Los Angeles.
"Jewellery is in my DNA," Espinosa said, adding that nowadays "I work to give my jewels a new kind of expression, but my starting point is always as the artisan".
His necklaces, chokers, bangles, bracelets and earrings have caressed the skin of Nelly Furtado, Paulina Rubio, Madonna, Melanie Griffith, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry and Sharon Stone.