Mexican designer, Daniela Villegas is one of the most creative jewelry designers out there, and you may not know who she is. Her pieces are truly one of a kind and can be spotted by those with a keen eye on celebrities who walk the red carpet, and on those posing in editorial photoshoots. Villegas’ rings, earrings, and statement pendants would be right at home on display in a museum as they are made from the finest materials that our planet Earth provides while also designed and inspired by nature itself.
Like every great designer that has come along, a muse exists close by. For Villegas, her muse is nature’s natural forms, but more specifically entomology. Entomology, the branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects locates, identifies, and preserves some of the most fascinating little critters on earth. If you remember that bug collection you had to put together in elementary school, then you know a little bit about entomology.
There are a lot of insect-inspired designs in Villegas collections, but she also casts a wide net when it comes to the forms in nature that inspire her most like, chameleons, snakes, crabs, ancient Aztec designs, and even dinosaurs. These forms carved and casted in gold are set with precious gemstones like emeralds, opals, citrine, amethyst, amongst so many others that leave you breathless and dreaming about the day you can get your hands on a piece of your own.
Here are some of my favorite standout designs:
If you are interested in hearing more about Daniela Villegas and her creative process, check out this great interview from The Jewelry Editor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoU6YGtYtj0