Lapis lazuli beaded bracelet, 'Passion of Peru in Blue' (Peru)

Beautiful in its symmetry, this unique bracelet from Sissi Bernal is more than the sum of its parts. Combining alternating round blue lapis lazuli beads and gleaming tubular sterling silver beads, the Peruvian artisan cleverly creates an accessory that appears as a single striped strand. Sissi employs jewelry-making techniques that have been handed down from one generation to another. "My artistic formation is my family heritage, for my father has been a jewelry designer since he was 18.My father taught me the same way his father taught him," states Sissi. The bracelet closes with a fold-over clasp.