Soledad Borel is a Chilean artisan who lives in Costa Rica.
For many years, she has designed and made her creations independently at her home workshop. In addition to silver, bronze or copper, and occasionally gold, she uses semi-precious stones and natural materials, such as wood and glass aged by the sea. The stones, ceramics, metals, fabrics and other “waste” materials combine in an original and harmonic way.
When she lived in Africa, she was interested in the ethnic jewelry and acquired many beads and other gemstones to make her own projects. In the nineties, she took courses with a jeweler to learn the basics in metallurgy and other goldsmithing techniques. While applying this knowledge in her first projects, she continued taking several more advanced workshops, for example in mokumé and etching.
The basis of her inspiration comes either from the diverse materials that she collects around Costa Rica and while travelling or from the rich natural and urban landscapes around San José. Several design collections on “Costarican Tree Leaves”, “Orchids” or “Grafiti” are recognized by the “Essential Costa Rica” idendity artisan design brand.