Indira Gems is a gem of an enterprise. Husband-and-wife owners Indira López and Isidro Sánchez, a master jeweler, create and fabricate unique jewelry that is far from traditional. These special and noteworthy pieces are different from others you will find.
The inimitable team takes inspiration from pre-Columbian cultures like the Aztecs and Mayans, and they’ve collaborated in creating idiosyncratic pieces using natural elements such as bone, shells, deer horns, and wood, as well as gem stones of every color and bronze, copper, brass, gold, and silver. “I feel the Indira Gems & Isidro Sánchez Icazaenergy in the stones,” Sánchez says as he shows off a pendant he is crafting; it’s a mermaid surrounded by bubbles made out of tiny opals. Sánchez designs and crafts each piece in house, complete with its own story.
The many legends of Mexico appear in carved faces, animals, or fish, all with distinct expressions. The designs are available in rings, pendants, and earrings. Mexico has a rich cultural history with a mixture of strong native legends, and Sánchez has capitalized on these stories by creating such pieces as a matchless pendant showing the face of Hernán Cortés. Another piece features Chacmool; there’s even one with Salvador Dalí and his distinctive handlebar mustache.
One of Sánchez’s personal favorites is a pendant of a special design titled “Virgin de las Rosas,” which is housed in a silver cage that opens and closes. He uses many opals for his pendants, bracelets, and earrings, as well as black pearls from the Sea of Cortés and other gemstones, all organic. Sánchez uses techniques such as lost wax casting—so called because the mold is destroyed to remove the cast item. Intricate works can be achieved by this method, and Sánchez has mastered this practice. Although his pieces are based on ancient history, he has achieved a contemporary look that is especially popular among those who are searching for unique, one-of-a-kind personal ornaments.