Inca gold and more
Peru is home to many creative artists who make unique and exquisite jewelry. Neighborhoods like San Blas in Cusco and Barranco in Lima are full of workshops and jewelers who sell directly to clients. Peruvian artists like Marisol Martell Méndez create unusual items like crocheted silver and copper (below).
There are also several well-known national chains of fine jewelry. One is Inka’s Treasure (both photos below) and another is Ilaria. Independent artisans and stores like the two above frequently make custom orders.
There are several Inca designs and motifs that you’ll see frequently. One is the tumi (below) and another is the chakana. The tumi was a ceremonial knife, with the bottom rounded bit being the blade. The chakana is also called the Andean cross, though the three layers represent three levels of existence and have nothing to do with a crucifix.