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El Dia de los Muertos is a day of significance for jewelry designer Lisa Rocha. First and foremost, this day is a time to pay respects to family, and for Rocha, one way she does so is through her artwork. This important holiday is the yearly launch of new pieces in her collection, ilaments. Often, artwork revolving around this celebration incorporates the iconic symbol of the calavera, or the skull. It’s no coincidence that ilaments also highlights skulls in many of the pieces, using jewelry as a way to carry on the tradition. Updating the skull symbol by shaping it into the symbol for love, the heart, has resulted in the newest addition, the Por Vida earrings. The heart symbol can also be found in another new piece, the Sacred Heart pendant. Much of the collection resembles papel picado, the beautiful paper banners often used as decoration, combined with bold and colorful beadwork. By fusing together traditional elements with contemporary style, ilaments creates jewelry with history. To mass produce anything of this nature would not fit with the philosophy, which is why each piece is one-of-a-kind and carries its own story.

Rocha uses her line to pass on the tradition of her Chicana culture. In fact, her story is quite inspirational, as her childhood hobby has turned into a business that has depth and substance amongst beauty. Her creativity stems from family, and rather than suppress her roots in other artistic endeavors, she pays homage to them by keeping culture alive through her pieces.

If you’re in the need to wear something with significance, cop one of these unique pieces and you’ll be able to rock it por vida.

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