|Ileana Maria Rojas-Bennett|
Designed by Costa Rica native Ileana Maria Rojas-Bennett, Maleku was named after a tribe in the northern part of Costa Rica and means "Indian in love."
A relative newcomer to jewelry design, Rojas-Bennett won the "Beyond the Runway" prize at Nolcha Fashion Week in 2010 for her fine designs, which are fashioned from 14, 22 and 24-karat gold, sterling and fine silver, freshwater pearls, and semi-precious stones such as blue Persian turquoise, black onyx and smoky quartz.
Maleku retails from $50 - $1500 and a percentage of all sales will be donated to help preserve the endangered Maleku tribes.
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Photo credit: Tracy E. Hopkins