Words by Mikelah Rose, Photos by Harol Baez
Created by Kristy Collado, who hails from the Dominican Republic, Chéjo Jewelry (pronounced cheh-ho) produces unique unisex accessories that are reminiscent of tribal warrior pieces. Chéjo’s handmade pieces are edgy enough for the ladies and masculine enough for the guys. I discovered Chéjo Jewelry through the JAMPACT Charity fashion show. The line’s earthy tones and heavy details in the extravagant pieces looked unique yet seemed wearable. Chéjo utilizes an intriguing compliment of mixed metals and up-cycled leather materials, and its unique geometric shapes echo through each piece, creating a visual statement of extreme individuality and style. Collado took her career in jewelry making from designing pieces for friends to designing a detailed piece for Faye Ann Lyons for Trinidad Carnival 2011. We caught up with the talented young designer for a Q&A about her line and her future plans.