• Product Size: 18" L x 2.75" W
Edwin Herrera, Cusco Peru
Because it resembles silver and is less expensive, alpaca silver is a popular material used in jewelry production. As a metal alloy, it consists of 55 percent copper, 20 percent nickel, 20 percent zinc and 5 percent tin. It is also referred to as nickel or nickel-copper plating. Alpaca silver jewelry is easy to care for as it does not tarnish as easily or as deeply as sterling silver and is easier to clean. Alpaca silver jewelry is both durable and beautiful, making it a high quality product.
Edwin Herrera Salinas, lives in Cusco, Peru with his wife Nilda, and daughter, Camila. Carrying on in the family tradition, Edwin was schooled on styles and techniques of jewelry making by his parents. Over the last ten years, Edwin became enthralled with the pre-Incan Moche Lambayeque cultures of Northern Coastal Peru and captures some of their legends and symbols in his jewelry. Originally interested in painting, Edwin dabbled in the techniques and the beautifully transparent palette of water colors which have carried over into his work as a jewelry maker.