Meet Chelow, Artisan Jeweler

The first time I saw Chelow’s jewelry at the market seven years ago I thought to myself, “This girl is on to something.” At that time I didn’t know Chelow, but as I’ve gotten to know this beautiful, young Mexican woman over the past several years I understand that her vibrant personality, love of Mexico and her sense of design are all intertwined.

Owner/designer Chelow began designing jewelry in 2004. Inspired by nature, the Mexican culture and most importantly, her clients, Chelow creates “fall in love with” pieces that will enhance the style and femininity of the wearer and keep you coming back for more.

“One of our most-loved lines is Gypsy,” Chelow says.

“It is inspired by our time on the beaches and surfing in colorful Sayulita.”

One of the most appealing aspects of Chelow’s jewelry is that each piece is easily converted into many designs, styles and sizes. “The necklaces are fully adjustable, matching the outfits my clients love to wear,” explains Chelow.

“For example, one necklace can be fashioned into many styles-short, long, wrap or double wrap. It’s like you’re buying four or five looks with just one purchase.”

All Chelow designs are hand crafted by Chelow and her partner, Jorge. They use natural stones—turquoise, quarts, tiger eye, coral, amethyst, aqua marine, amazonite, opal, jade, tour- maline and topaz. They also use cultivated pearls and

Swarovski crystals in combination with .925 silver, 24 kt gold plating, handmade Mexican brass, cow and kangaroo leather and suede.

Chelow follows the fashion trends when coming up with new designs each season. This year she has a new line called Artisan Foundry.

”Artisan foundry is when you make a piece of jewelry around a natural stone without using machinery or techno- logy. You use only old techniques and your hands, a torch and a lot of creativity,” explains Chelow.

Chelow’s new passion is dancing. Dancing inspires Chelow to experience creative feedback. Her favorite dances are tango, salsa, bachata, kizomba and zouk.

“Dancing helps me find myself and to know myself more deeply. With my dance teacher and boyfriend Mauricio I have been able to discover parts of my essence, creativity and inspiration that I didn’t know before.”

You can find Chelow this Saturday at the Olas Altas Farmer’s Market or visit her at her store at 156 Basilio Badillo in OldTown.

She is also at the Sunday market in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. You can contact her at 322 147 7292, on facebook (@chelowvallarta), www.chelowvallarta.com or chelow84@hotmail.com.

Olas Altas Farmers Market

The Olas Altas Farmers Market is a North American style market that celebrates the tradition and culture of Mexico’s outdoor tianguis

markets. It focuses on nurtu- ring the entrepreneurial spirit of Puerto Vallartans.

All OAFM products are either locally grown or hand- made within 75 kilometers of the city.

We’re open from 9:30 to 2:00 pm every Saturday from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in April. We’re located in the Lazaro Cárdenas Park in Vallarta’s Emiliano Zapata neighborhood.

For only 20 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath the park.