Atelier Naica was founded by Melissa and Phil in 2010 as a personal project to express our creativity and love for nature and the old Mexican jewelry techniques.
The “ Mexicanism” in the design is Melissa’s input, coming out of a Mexican artisan family with a very particular style since 1970, she has been surrounded by jewelry tools since she was a kid, perusing her dream of becoming a jeweler in adulthood.
"I believe that jewelry should not only be beautiful, but fun and somehow provocative."
Phil is the European mind of this symbiosis. Coming out of a Swiss – Italian family he has been traveling on sailing yachts around the globe since he can remember. Back in the 70’s he was part of Zurich’s rock'n'roll music scene. All these close encounters with authentic people and a vast array of different cultural exchange have given him the ability to look beyond the superficial veil of industrialized commerce.
"I'm just a technician. All I learned in the field is mathematical and precise defined. A straight line is a straight line and a radius is a radius.
Melissa's ability to create here curved line free handed in a natural perfect imperfection is the difference from a simple piece of commercial jewelry to a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
I also absolutely admire the Mexican way to realize fantastic things with a minimum of tools and equipment."
Each piece is designed individually and carefully hand crafted in small series.
Our main materials are precious and semi precious metals with natural stones and minerals.
Melissa’s favorites to work with are silver and Mexican pearls.
Our jewelry empowers individuality and appreciation of the natural forms and complexities we encounter, yet overlook, on a daily basis.
Atelier Naica are:
Phil Esposito Schlund
Naica is a village in the municipality of Saucillo in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and home of the Naica Mine where silver, lead and zinc is mined. During the mining operations, two large caves been opened, the Cueva de las espadas, 120m deep and the Cueva de los cristales, 290m deep, which is containing extremely large crystals of selenite (gypsum). These crystals are as large as 1.2m in diameter and up to 15m long. There is a mystery around those crystals and there growth is still not exactly explained. But do we really have to explain everything? Is it not mystery which can set our mind free?
Atelier Naica was located in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur and is now in Linthal, Switzerland. Let us bring the vivid Mexican spirit to those who can appreciate it.