Sol Proaño’s modern handcrafted jewelry combines American minimalist style with the soul of the Andes.
As a teenager, Sol hitchhiked throughout Chile during summers selling jewelry and leather goods that she made herself. Years later and now settled in the US, her designs translate her experience as an immigrant living in vibrant New York City mixed with her longing for experiences in the calm and openness of nature.
A trained metalsmith, Sol Proaño makes her jewelry one piece at a time in her studio in Queens, with consciously sourced recycled sterling silver and 14k gold fill. With a global flair, her pieces combine both clean lines and organic shapes, incorporating textural elements such as metal hammering and leather. The result is wearable art that is unassuming, graceful and distinctive.
I’ve always been moved by great design and throughout my entire life I’ve created with my hands. When I was 27 years old, I moved from Chile to the United States and settled in Los Angeles. There, I left my career as an Acoustical Engineer to go into an jewelry and design program at Pasadena City College. This experience gave me the creative and technical knowledge to incorporate metalwork into my jewelry and mixed-media wall art, first as Sol del Sur and now as Sol Proaño.
Currently living in NYC, through my craft practice I try to stay tuned to the feelings of connection and adventure I enjoyed traveling through Chile, still moved by the magical landscapes that I was able to witness and that I carry inside me wherever I am. I hope for you, the wearer, to pause and find those silent and open spaces that are within you.