Gold, sterling silver and gemstone jewelry in Central America
"This is what is satisfying about this jewelry making: that there's no reason for the things that I imagine to stay in my mind – I can materialize them.""I am a Nicaraguan man in love with the silversmith art. I was born in Chile in 1971 but life's reasons led me to make of Nicaragua my home. My friends refer to me as pelón because I am bald, and they see me as a creative and innovative person.
"My art makes me very happy and I am very grateful to my mother, Monika Fredebrecht, for teaching me with so much patience and love. My mother is a silversmith and I grew up in a jewelry workshop. I've always loved this art form because it allows my imagination to run free. I can imagine a design, then craft it and therefore touch it. This is what is satisfying about this jewelry making: that there's no reason for the things that I imagine to stay in my mind – I can materialize them.
"With time I came to understand how much I love this art form and decided to dedicate my life to it, so I had to drop out of school because in Nicaragua becoming a silversmith is not part of the academic curriculum.
"It's not easy being an independent artist and not having a steady income to count on. But it is an adventure, an adventure with many challenges, especially financial and bureaucratic. But freedom compensates for it, and that's what is important.
"What I love most about what I do is seeing customers wearing my jewelry designs. It is something I am passionate about though it is also a constant challenge, because it is important that the jewelry adapts to the person wearing it without causing discomfort.
"My other personal challenge is feeling 100% satisfied with each new piece – this is rather difficult for us artists as we tend to constantly find details that others might not perceive. However that's what makes each day different – it's a roller coaster of emotions and inspiration.
"Making jewelry is a very personal and interesting art form. It provides work to those who wish to learn it and lets them be self-employed. Jewelry allows us to preserve this millenary art form, which hasn't changed in terms of the creative and crafting processes.
"Thank you Novica friends for your interest in my story and in my designs."
16 items by Manuel Fredebrecht
Full MoonsOpal and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Nicaragua
Length: 1.9" x 1.2" W x 0.4" D$69.99
Full MoonsRound Hand Crafted Sterling Silver Earrings with Onyx
Length: 1.9" x 1.3" W x 0.4" D$67.99
Modern HolesModern Circular Opal Dangle Earrings from Guatemala
Length: 1.1" x 0.4" W x 0.4" D$47.99
Modern HolesModern Circular Onyx Dangle Earrings from Nicaragua
Length: 1.1" x 0.4" W x 0.4" D$47.99
Rope TwistGold Accent Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet from Nicaragua
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 0.2" W$169.99
FramesSquare Sterling Silver Frame with Onyx Orb Dangle Earrings
Length: 1.3" x 0.5" W x 0.5" D$79.99
Sunshine and MoonlightSterling Silver Gold Accented Cuff Bracelet
Size: 7" L (end to end) x 0.2" W$169.99
Sun and MoonSterling Silver Cuff Bracelet with 21k Gold Accent
Size: 6" L (end to end) x 0.2" W$149.99
Elegant Form22k Gold Accent Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
Modern Half-MoonsOpal and Sterling Silver Modern Earrings from Nicaragua
Length: 2.5" x 1.2" W x 0.4" D$89.99
Crescent MoonsSterling Silver and Onyx Earrings Fair Trade Jewelry
Length: 1.3" x 0.8" W x 0.4" D$59.99
Orb DiscsSterling Silver and Opal Dangle Earrings from Nicaragua
Length: 1.5" x 0.4" W$69.99
Dark EclipseOnyx and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings from Nicaragua
Length: 1.7" x 1.2" W x 0.4" D$49.99
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