Welcome to Rumi Sumaq the website of jewelry designer Coco Paniora Salinas
“Rumi Sumaq” means “beautiful stones” in Quechua, the native language of Peru. For thousands of years, stones, seeds, shells, and other natural materials have been used in Peruvian ceremonial offerings to Pachamama, the goddess of Mother Earth, and today they still commemorate the sacred natural world, beauty, and femininity. As an artisan, Coco draws his inspiration for his handcrafted jewelry from his Quechua Indian and Incan ancestry. It is with great passion that he creates art that reflects Peru’s cultural history and diverse natural resources. Coco’s hand-woven designs are one-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate Peruvian 950 silver, alpaca silver, or hand knotted fiber macramé with stunning materials from Peru, such as semi-precious stones, shells, seeds, fossilized bones or teeth, or feathers from animals of the Amazon jungle. In his work, stones have a voice, the spirit of Pachamama is evoked and there is harmony in the universe.
Please take a moment to view Coco’s portfolio to see the breadth of his work. We also invite you to visit the online store, where you can purchase Coco’s one-of-a-kind 950 silver, alpaca, or macramé jewelry designs. Thank you for your interest in Coco’s handcrafted jewelry. We greatly appreciate your support. May our paths cross at an art show soon.
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Everyone should know of your work
“Everyone should know of your work. I am not much of a jewelry person, but the first time I saw your work I thought if I had the money I’d buy every piece you made and wear a different piece everyday. It is the most beautiful and outstanding work of creativity and artisan craftsmanship I’ve ever seen. I have forwarded your website to others who have experienced the same reaction.”
The finest example of artisan-made craft
“Rumi Sumaq is the finest example of artisan-made craft. From the design inspiration, to choice of materials, to the technical skill, to the finished piece; the artist is present and imbuing the work with himself. The works made by Coco are undeniably beautiful, comfortably wearable, and perfectly handmade.”
–Paula Lewis, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Beautiful, unique designs
“I so love the organic quality and texture of your beautiful, unique designs. You are your designs and your designs are you, and I feel that spiritual connection. Thank you for sharing your precious artistic gifts with the world!”
Beauty with gifted, divine eyes
“There are craftsmen who make things with well-trained hands, and there are artists who make beauty with gifted, divine eyes. Coco towers among the latter. Should anyone want physical evidence that something can be greater than the sum of its parts, she needs only to see, touch and wear a Rumi Sumaq artifact.”