Fashion

Golden Words

Aurora Lopez Mejia believes her jewelry embedded with words are transformative reminders of evolution and change.

Interview by Lora Wiley - lora@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Luca Babini
Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

Citizen Brooklyn: You’ve said you were obsessed with dictionaries when you were younger. Explain.

I was always obsessed in finding the deeper meaning of everything. The why of life. The how.

CBK: Do you remember your first words?

No…It’s one big infinite now… A blur. Like consciousness…

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

CBK: What do you think if the most powerful word and why?

Volar: to fly. Because the thought of flying is to transcend.

CBK: The expression goes “Choose your words carefully” – How do you choose the words for your pieces?

Because of timing in our lives, we carry different words in our heart. Life’s experiences inspire certain words.

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

CBK: What is one word you would next use?

Never, say never… There are no limitations with my work….

CBK: You’ve said as a Mexican, you’ve had a relationship with gold since you were born. Do you remember your first pieces and who gave them to you and why? Do you still have them?

The minute I was born, my mother put an ID bracelet on my wrist. I lost it when I was about ten playing Indians in the mountains. I was devastated. Each special occasion I was given something gold to mark benchmarks!

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

CBK: How do you establish a relationship with a client when designing a custom piece of jewelry for them?

Because the client usually finds me through a friend, there is already trust. They come determined to create a talisman. We just go for it. I’m good at interpreting.

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

CBK: Gold has special meaning. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Gold is alchemy. It’s the most precious material from the Earth. I find it very grounding.

CBK: Owned or designed, your favorite piece?

My handcuff with: Tengo alas para volar. I have wings with which to fly.

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

CBK: You have called your pieces ‘talismans’, why?

Because we should wear them just as our ancestors did. As transformative reminders of evolution and change.

CBK: How do you believe an object can affect the person that wears it?

First the weight of the piece becomes a constant reminder. The words sink into our subconscious. It starts to inspire something within us.

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

CBK: Who is the person that you have wanted the most of make one of your pieces for and why?

Many of my wishes have already been met… But lets see… Hmm: Do they have to be alive?

CBK: What is one word you would use to describe yourself?

“Curious” about everything…

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

CBK: We added this question because 13 is a bad luck number. Do you believe in that?

I find it comical. I was once “dis”invited to a family birthday lunch in Lake Cuomo…We were on our way and as I was the surprise guest, and number thirteen, I was suddenly dropped off on the side of the road on the lake…I was “lucky 13”. I had one of my best days ever…I walked quietly around the lake… Divine… Then my friend was in trouble when her father heard that I was disinvited!

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

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