For nearly 10 years, Sol Proaño, formerly Sol del Sur, has been designing and creating handmade jewelry crafted exclusively with mixed metals, leather, yarn, and silk. Items are made primarily of recycled materials that are purchased, whenever possible, from other US-based small businesses. But a commitment to the community doesn’t end there. A portion of all sales are donated to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Founder and designer Sol Proaño creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that marries her South American roots with American minimalistic style. Her pieces feature clean lines, interesting shapes, and lots of texture, and many include elements such as leather braiding and metal hammering. The result is wearable art that is simple, elegant, unique, and crafted with love in New York City. Sol’s collections are available for purchase online, and have appeared in renowned retailers including Anthropologie, Macy’s, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

She's had a great eye and a knack for creativity her entire life. A move from Chile to the US landed Sol in a Los Angeles-based art program, which led her to design an original collection of jewelry and wall pieces. Sol's necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings are all masterpieces, waiting to complement your own individual style.

 

Sol bench drawing

drawing by artist Lila Freeman