PromisesTaxco Silver Choker Handmade in Mexico
"I love this country, all of my designs are inspired by Mexico and Frida Kahlo. I really enjoy doing what I do, it comes from my deep love for Mexico, and for letting me be who I want to be."
"Hola! My name is Maria Belen, and I was born in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, on 25 February 1954. I grew up there, and graduated in Educational Studies. When I was 21, I left my country and moved to Mexico.
"I came here on my own and with nothing. I chose to come to Mexico because I have admired this country and its culture ever since I was very young. I fell in love with Mexico the moment I arrived, and I started teaching literature in Mexico City.
"After some years I moved to the state of Morelos, where I started doing handicrafts. I learned about different crafting techniques, and about working with different materials.
"I met my husband in Morelos. He is a jewelry designer and we moved to Taxco after we got married. After my first daughter was born, we moved around the country, including San Miguel Allende and Palenque. Eventually we moved back to Taxco, which is renowned as Mexico's 'Silver City.'
"I began working with silver in 1994 by chance. I had recently divorced from my husband and I had to go on by myself to provide for my three daughters. I decided to set up my own workshop, so I contacted renowned silversmiths in Taxco so I could learn from them.
"I love this country, all of my designs are inspired by Mexico and Frida Kahlo. I really enjoy doing what I do, it comes from my deep love for Mexico, and for letting me be who I want to be.
"I have endured difficult situations in my life, like the death of my second daughter. But here is where I discovered my spiritual strength, and I learned to go ahead following my heart. If you follow what your heart tells you, you will never be mistaken and you will get what you are looking for.
"Gracias to Mexico, and to Novica."
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j'ai commande un magnifique bracelet en argent, et je l'ai recu en deux jours seulement du mexique a longueuil (pres de montreal au quebec) CANADA le bracelet est magnifiquement bien travaillé. Merci beaucoup. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
As a fellow artist and craftsperson, I so appreciate when I find another ""soul"" out there who's life blood comes through in their work. Maria Belen Nilson is one such woman. When I ordered ""Poised Catrina"" I thought they were beautiful but I had no idea at the time, the experience I had coming. From the moment I held the beautifully wrapped box, I knew I was in for more than just another pair of earrings. The minute I looked at them, then held them, I could feel this artist's passion for life and country, the pride she puts into her craft and the skills she has perfected in her works. It's one thing to create pieces that will be a ""present"" for the person receiving it, but it is quite another when ""the real gift"" comes back to you as the artist who created it. Today, I will receive my second acquisition of ""Catrina Chic"" and ""Frida Kahlo"" earrings and I know my experience will equal, if not exceed my expectations. Thank you, Maria! It is a wonderful mission you have created here at Novica. Thank you for sharing it! Sincerely, Maggie S.
Georgetown, Tx USA
Love my chic ""Catrina""! She is so well crafted and simply a sassy lady. The packaging and enclosures were so nice too-thanks!
I'm thrilled with my fabulous silver Guadalupe brooch/pendant. It's beautifully made and truly lovely. It's something I will always treasure for it's unique beauty and for the artist's passion that went into it's creation.
Hampstead, NH, USA
Maria...just received my arrowhead earrings. Thank you! They're beautiful and precious and like nothing I could ever find around here. I have them on now. Also, I loved your packaging. Thank you for the little package charm.
Cary, North Carolina, USA
I just received the Cross of Stars and the Promises cuff bracelet by this wonderful artist. I was quite impressed by the heavy quality and beauty of both items. I have never seen a cross anything like the Cross of Stars and its uniqueness and the beauty of the amethyst in the design make this a wonderful purchase. The Promises cuff bracelet has a beautiful blossom pattern created by the raised floral pattern and being darkened underneath. I anticipate that with age this bracelet will increase in beauty. I have a large wrist and I was able to carefully increase the diameter of the bracelet to make it fit more comfortably. The wrapping and leather presentation box were both very nice.
Orange County, California
I purchased the ""Dove of Peace"" short, choker style necklace and it's gorgeous. Every time I wear it, someone notices it and admires it. I also purchased the cuff bracelet and clip on earrings in the ""Promises"" pattern. This pattern is very nice and can either be dressed up or down. Next, I hope to buy the ""Flowers"" silver choker necklace in the future to add to my collection. I don't have pierced ears, so love finding cute silver earrings in clip on's. Thanks!
I bought the turquoise lily earrings. They are quite lovely, and I am very pleased with my purchase. I recommend this artist. Thank you, Maria.
Sacramento, CA, USA
I purchased the ""Skeletal Matador Dance"" Earrings and Bracelet. They are just beautiful, I am so happy that I bought them for myself as a ""just because"" gift. They are solidly built, you can feel the weight of the metal in your hands, not like some silver jewelry that is so delicate and easily broken. I will definitely but from this artist again in the future.
I purchased the Skeletal Matador Dance earrings for my aunt's birthday and my mom loved them so much that I ordered the Skeletal Hat Dance earrings for her birthday! The earrings are so special and look wonderful on both of them. My aunt especially loves anything Day of the Dead, and appreciates its meaning and significance. Thank you Maria, for helping me put a smile on their faces! I look forward to seeing future creations!
It was lovely find an artist like Maria that is inspired by Frida Kahlo. I have just received my order of two sets of earrings ‘Mexican Romance’ and 'Secret Soul’ designs and an ‘Aztec Serpent’ brooch. They arrived promptly, safely and beautifully packaged. In real life they are gorgeous works of art that I will enjoy wearing for many years to come.
Just received Deadly Handsome Couple. Amazingly fast shipping and beautiful quality of work. Love them!
I just received my sterling silver choker necklace ""Margot"" by Maria Belen Nilson. I was quite impressed by its prompt delivery and beautiful packaging as well as the high-quality craftsmanship and unique design of this truly lovely necklace. I highly recommend this artist. Muchas gracias, Maria.
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