Our trip to the Mayan ruins in Tulum was an amazing and breathtaking day that I would highly recommend to anyone who finds him or herself wondering what to do in Tulum. The ocean was mesmerizingly blue and having the opportunity to see and learn about the history of the ruins was incredible.
One of the best things about traveling to new places is bringing home handmade items to remind you of your experiences, and the culture that you had the opportunity to immerse yourself in for a short period of time. Personally I have a great appreciation for handmade jewelry that is created with unique stones and other embellishments, like the pieces I worked with in this post. I had so much fun layering and styling these pieces on my friends, and I loved being able to capture the beauty of the site through these photos.
Click on the images below to look more closely at the detail and artistry of the jewelry.
The Mayans in Tulum were known as being a major seaport for turquoise and jade, so it was only fitting for Josie (pictured above) to show off some layered turquoise necklaces and bracelets. I loved these pieces so much because they matched the color of the ocean perfectly. To see the necklaces and bracelets next to the ocean was so stunning, and these photos can't even begin to capture how perfect the whole scene was.
I combined a white buffalo turquoise necklace and a beaded necklace for a simple and laid back look. The white turquoise necklace was so amazing because each stone was so different from the next. Some stones were almost bare with little to no markings on them while others had a lot of texture and markings, which together made for the perfect balance. White turquoise is harder to find than its blue counterpart, yet they are similar in the sense that they carry the same energetic properties. These necklaces were so beautiful, I had a hard time taking them off at the end of the day.
Caroline's look differs a lot from the first two, as it incorporates more earthy tones as opposed to the previous blue and whites. The tassel on her necklace is so unique and reminds me a lot of something from the past. The gold perfectly compliments her skin tone, and the piece genuinely looks like something someone of Mayan royalty would wear. I am obsessed with how well the colors in her dress match colors in the necklace, it is the perfect combination. This is truly a unique piece that could easily be dressed up and worn with many different outfits.
I had the most fun yet creating this post and wanted to thank Sara Booker for lending me her beautiful jewelry and creative skills that helped make all of this fun possible! And a big thanks to Josie and Caroline for being my models once again!