GALLERY

Necklaces

Materials: 950 sterling silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, labradorite Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, leopardite Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, andean opal Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, inca rose (rhodochrosite) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, inca rose (rhodochrosite) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, sky onyx Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, Chrysocolla (peruvian Turquoise), snake bones Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, andean opal Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, copper, fluorite Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, obsidian Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, sky onyx Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, black onyx Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, quartz crystal Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, leather, shark tooth fossil Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, leather, serpentine Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, rhodochrosite Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, leather, amethyst Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Earrings

Materials: 950 sterling silver, black onyx Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, black onyx Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, bronze, amazonite Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, tiger's eye Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise), genuine pearls Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, jade Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, mother of pearl Technique: filigrana

Bracelets
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Materials: german silver, bronze, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, black onyx Technique: filigrana

Materials: 950 sterling silver, andean opal Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, labradorite Technique: filigrana

Material: bronze Technique: filigrana

Material: german silver Technique: filigrana

Materials: Left - german silver, leather, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Middle - 950 sterling silver, leather, labradorite Right - german silver, leather, moonstone Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, copper, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise) Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, jade Technique: filigrana

Materials: german silver, bronze, inca rose (rhodochrosite) Technique: filigrana

Material: german silver, lapis lazuli Technique: filigrana

Woodwork

Material: chachacoma Type: gauge earring Technique: hand carving

Material: chachacoma Type: gauge earring Technique: hand carving

Materials: chachacoma, waxed string Type: necklace Technique: hand carving, macrame

Material: chachacoma Type: gauge earring Technique: hand carving

Material: chachacoma, chrysocolla (peruvian turquoise), german silver Type: earrings Technique: hand carving, filigrana, incrustation

Material: chachacoma Type: gauge earring Technique: hand carving

Material: chachacoma Type: gauge earring Technique: hand carving

 

ABOUT

Each piece of Acos Handcrafted Jewellery is designed and created by Joan Charalla, an artisan based out of Saskatoon, Canada.  Joan was born in the small Quechua village of Acos, Peru, a place where natural beauty has inspired artistic traditions for millenia.  In his teens, Joan lived in the urban centre of Lima, where he learned filigrana, a traditional form of jewellery making that involves weaving and twisting metals.  In learning this ancient technique, which  is  now largely practiced by an underground culture of nomadic jewellery makers, Joan's world expanded even further and he was presented with opportunities to travel.  Inspired by new places, people, and traditions, Joan was able to see much of South America through selling his art.  Eventually, he decided to expand his techniques by studying formal jewellery design in Argentina.  Though new people and places will continue to inspire, Joan always returns to the place of his birth for grounding and artistic inspiration.  Joan is currently enjoying the beauty of Saskatoon with his Saskatchewan-born wife. 

 

CUSTOM DESIGN

Let us know exactly what you're looking for and we'll make it for you!  Joan uses a variety of techniques and materials.  We can adapt designs based on your style and budget.  
Techniques

Joan's primary technique is filigrana (also known as 'filigree'), which  involves braiding, twisting, and shaping metals with hand tools.  Lost wax (the art of carving a design in wax then converting it to silver) and soldering techniques can also be used for custom designs.

Materials

For metalwork, choose from 950 sterling silver or (the more economical options of) german silver, copper, or bronze.  Leather, wood, macrame string, and other recycled materials are also available.

Personalized Design

Work with Joan to create a new idea from scratch or modify an existing design.  Any aspect of any piece of jewellery can be modified or completely changed.  

 
 

CONTACT

 

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Materials: 950 sterling silver, tiger's eye Technique: filigrana