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Bevel Dabbles In Mayan History

Photographer Nicola Turner
November 19, 2010

Jonathan Goldstein wanted to reflect his native El Salvador in the new season of his Bevel jewelry line, but he had one notable obstacle. “I don’t really have any solid ties to El Salvador,” says Goldstein, who was brought by adoptive parents to the US when he was only a few months old. “So I thought it would be cool to create some roots.” Without his own personal history, the New York-based designer looked even further back to El Salvador’s more ancient past. A collection of necklaces, rings, ear cuffs, and headpieces in different states of weathering—some pockmarked in silver and some new and shiny in gold—was the result of Goldstein’s burgeoning desire to meld sculptural artistry with symbolism derived from Mayan mythology. The ancient temples, sacred costumes and ornate relics’ ability to weather time with immense grace is a concept close to Goldstein’s heart. “I think we’re all artifacts in our own right, from when we’re born to where we are now,” says the designer. “We’re beautiful in every state.”

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Bevel Dabbles In Mayan History