Ana Cristina Llapa
Ana Cristina Llapa was born in Lima on October 31, 1959. From the time she was a child, she spent most of her time drawing. "I drew everything I saw," she recalls. "I had always wanted to find a place to learn jewelry design, but I didn't find one that seemed right. Finally I discovered the Giorelli School of Art and Design. I studied there full time for two years and I loved learning design and craft techniques. <br><br> "After finishing there, I followed my husband, who traveled frequently to Bogota. There I gained experience in jewelry workshops. It was wonderful." Llapa learned a lot and she is adept at every technique. <br><br> "Each stone gives me the inspiration for a jewelry set. When I see gem, I then draw the design. Finally, I craft the piece. I work at it during the day, and my wonderful husband helps me with my creations. <br><br> "I love being able to show my designs, and I'm happy when someone admires my work. I enjoy talking with them about fashion trends and creating custom designs for different personalities. I love to get feedback on my designs, and to know that people feel better when they see and wear them."