Sergio has traveled through every continent learning his craft. From the Andes to the Himalayas, he met master craftsmen who taught him ancient metal working techniques and their deep beliefs of wearing metals for health and vitality. An important part of our company mission is to preserve these valuable traditions by incorporating them into his designs.
Back in 1984 – while visiting a master Tibetan jeweler near Katmandu, Nepal – Sergio noticed a beautiful intricate bracelet with a double silver spiral being worn by his old teacher. The master noticed Sergios interest and taught him how to make it along with its meaning. “During deep meditation, if I feel lost while exploring, I just follow the cord back to myself, he said through our interpreter. In this old Tibetan design the double spiral represents the umbilical cord connecting body and soul. Those seeking deeper levels of awareness have traditionally worn it.
Sergio incorporated this technique into his designs, like in Nepalese Cord, Lifes Spiral and Sherpas Rope. Fifteen years later, in 1999, Sergio took some of these designs back to the Himalayas when he had the great honor to work for a week with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, India. At the farewell encounter Sergio gave the Dalai Lama one of his Tibetan inspired designs. Afterwards, an elder rinpoche that witnessed the offering approached Sergio to ask how he had learned a technique that they thought was lost. Sergio told him about his Tibetan teacher in Katmandu to which the elder replied with moist eyes, “I am glad to hear that some of our master craftsmen made it safely to Nepal, the mountain passes are much higher to cross to India and none of our senior jewelers made it here.” Then he timidly asked, “Would you please show this technique to our jewelers?”
Sergio readily agreed and before leaving he passed along the technique to two talented young Tibetan jewelers. Later he reflected in his travel diary, “As I explained the design and its purpose to identify those pursuing higher awareness, I myself became conscious of how intimately interconnected we all are and how each of us, through our everyday actions, can help preserve this peaceful culture.”