Rubellino, a Kuna Indian goldsmith from Kunayala, lives on a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of Panama. His community are fiercely independent, yet deeply traditional and take great pride in defending their rich culture and values.

Welcoming me with great warmth, the Kuna people shared remarkable tales of the many myths and legends which inspire their designs. Crafting principally in Gold, as it is believed to have a purifying quality which brings luck, health and fortune,

Rubellino creates his perfectly symmetrical pieces. Every creature on each necklace is identical, even though it has been created by hand. It is thought that such precision is highly regarded as it holds a much higher status within the community.