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Participant Portfolios / Momposino Depression

Luis Enrique Ramírez Orozco

filigree jewelry gold and silversmith, Mompox

Luis Enrique Ramírez is a silver and goldsmith, whose workshop is attached to his home. Using filigree techniques that go back 150 years, he draws long fine strands of gold or silver and then twists and forges the metal for assembly to form the final filigree piece. Originally, filigree jewelry was made only with gold, but due to the rising cost of gold, today jewelers in Mompox work primarily with silver.

"I began to work with jewelry as an apprentice in a workshop in Mompox. I enjoy designing a lot, so I use the tradition with the new to create new combinations."

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Luis Enrique Ramírez Orozco
Luis Enrique Ramírez Orozco

Luis Enrique Ramírez Orozco smiles for the camera as festival visitors admire his filigree work.
Photo by Cristina Díaz-Carrera, Smithsonian Institution