San Antonio jewelry designer Carolyn Dublin is offering a new вЂњLoteriaвЂќ line of jewelry featuring images from the popular Mexican card game. вЂњLa Loteria,вЂќ is similar to American bingo, but rather than numbers, uses images that all have their own stories and have become ingrained in Latin American culture over generations.
вЂњI taught my three children how to play Loteria, using dried pinto beans to mark each square,вЂќ Dublin said, noting that her designs grew out of her own living experience in San Antonio, where Latino culture dominates the cityвЂ™s population and landscape.
Her first 10 Loteria jewelry designs include вЂњLa RanaвЂќ (the frog), вЂњLa ManoвЂќ (the hand), вЂњLa CalaveraвЂќ (the skull), вЂњLa LunaвЂќ (the moon), вЂњLa RosaвЂќ (the rose), вЂњEl DiablitoвЂќ (the little devil), вЂњLa SirenaвЂќ (the mermaid), вЂњLa BanderaвЂќ (the flag), вЂњLa AranaвЂќ (the spider) and вЂњEl GalloвЂќ (the rooster).
вЂњWhen I wear this jewelry, I am struck by the strong emotions it provokes in people вЂ“ young and old,вЂќ Dublin said. вЂњThey start telling me the stories of their own Loteria memories, often about how their Moms or Grandmothers taught them to play the game, or how they were given childhood nicknames related to the Loteria images.вЂќ
вЂњLa LoteriaвЂќ originated in Italy, moved to Spain and then was brought to Mexico in 1769. The images that represent Loteria today come from designs finalized in 1912 by Don Clemente Jacques. The Mexican company bearing his name вЂ“ Don Clemente, Inc. of Queretaro, Mexico вЂ“ has continued this version through the generations, keeping the original artwork for its 54 Loteria cards.
Dublin launched her new jewelry line at Art Basel Miami, one of the top art shows in the United States. Her Loteria pendants are already being worn by such recording artists as Luis Fonsi, who has been #1 on the Latin music charts for 11 weeks, and вЂњLocos Por Juana,вЂќ Grammy-nominated for вЂњBest Latin Rock or Alternative Album.вЂќ
Carolyn DublinвЂ™s Loteria jewelry (www.LoteriaJewelry.com) is designed and produced by Dublin Design LLC under an exclusive agreement with Don Clemente, Inc. Her jewelry is available in Sloan/Hall Boutiques in San Antonio and Houston and at Melissa GuerraвЂ™s shop in San AntonioвЂ™s historic Pearl Brewery.