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Angelina Roquel

Angelina Roquel

Beaded jewelry and handwoven baskets in Central America

"I continue to love my work. One day, I hope [my sister and neighbors can] work with me so that, together, we can continue to shape the future we want for our children."

"I have dreams in life. I dream of paying off my house and knowing that it's mine. I dream of watching my children grow... read more

"I have dreams in life. I dream of paying off my house and knowing that it's mine. I dream of watching my children grow up here, and being there for them at every stage of their lives. I want to be a fundamental part of their joy and sorrow, to be their accomplice in their mischief and their victories.

"I was born in Sololá in 1985. At the age of eight, I became acquainted with handicrafts when a neighbor began teaching me beadwork. It was an art I fell in love with from the beginning — the ability to combine colors and, with them, make endless motifs for a single design. With time, I developed my skills as an artisan and everything flowed. My imagination soared and my hands became able to make wonderful things that charged life with so much color, shapes and textures.

"My mom was a single mother and I always helped her as much as I could. She struggled to stay home with my brother, but we never lacked for anything. Eventually, she decided to get married and my life became very tough, as I suffered physical and verbal abuse from my stepfather. It was hard overcoming this, but I managed to. I never gave up, and that gave me the necessary strength to fight and achieve something for myself.

"Today, I continue to love my work, which has brought me much satisfaction and many achievements. I was able to teach my sister and my neighbors a little. One day, I hope to be able to offer them the opportunity to work with me so that, together, we can continue to shape the future we want for our children.

"I have three beautiful children. They are my reason for getting up every morning to work. I long to see them graduate with university degrees. I want them to become good men and women who have the opportunities that I didn't have. But above all, I want them to be happy and feel proud of their homeland. I also hope they can learn a little of my art and preserve it as a treasure, as it means so much to me. It is art that has given me what I have and what I hope to have someday.

"I'm grateful for opportunities like this — to be part of a family of artisans. We feel your support and are confident that our work will find its way to families who value handmade arts and crafts."

24 items by Angelina Roquel

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Mary

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01/16/2022

"gift for daughter"

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It is lovely. I am sure my daughter will love it.

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Harmonious Elegance in Brown, Brown and Turquoise Blue Glass Beaded Strand Necklace

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Barbara

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12/30/2021

"A thing of beauty"

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I gave this to a girlfriend who is from South America and she was so happy. You are such an artisan

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Harmonious Elegance in Brown, Brown and Turquoise Blue Glass Beaded Strand Necklace

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Carol

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11/20/2021

"Beautiful necklace"

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This is a beautiful well priced necklace. The bead work is fabulous.

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Harmonious Elegance in Brown, Brown and Turquoise Blue Glass Beaded Strand Necklace

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Nicole

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11/10/2021

"Perfect!!"

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The workmanship on her necklaces is spectacular!! This is my second purchase from her after I bought the first one for a gift but had to keep it for myself. I bought this second one for a gift. You have to get at least one or probably two from her!! Shes very talented.

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Harmonious Elegance in Brown, Brown and Turquoise Blue Glass Beaded Strand Necklace

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Nicole

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10/22/2021

"Absolutely gorgeous!!"

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I cannot express how beautiful this necklace is. I ordered it for a friend but Im about to order one for myself. It is expertly made and flows perfectly. I would definitely recommend this artist.

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Sky and Titanium Harmony, Multicolored Beaded Long Torsade Necklace

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Tiffany

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09/21/2021

"She has matching bracelets?!?"

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Im a matchy-matchy person lol so Im thrilled that Angelina is now making bracelets to match all of her necklaces Ive already purchased. Im now working on collecting them all! Cant say enough about her fine detail...her pieces flow through your hand like water.

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Flower Harmony in Emerald, Green and Bronze Beaded Bracelet

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