Insects with impact from Mexican jewellery designer Daniela Villegas

Beautiful gemstone creepy crawlies and bejewelled animal skeletons just in time for Halloween from Mexican jewellery designer Daniela Villegas.

Daniela Villegas Anemoi ring with tanzanite, champagne diamonds and a central opal.

By Åse Anderson in London

Daniela Villegas' jewellery is imbued with its creator's fascination with the world around her. 

The US-based designer compares daily life to a playground with its constantly changing colours and movements. Specialising in handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces, her intricate designs are inspired by her surroundings, from nature to her family and friends. Feathers, woods, porcupine quills, insects and pebbles all make an appearance in Daniela's lovely, joyful pieces, translated into gold and precious gemstones.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela now lives in Los Angeles and is married to the younger brother of actress Salma Hayek. Until 29 October 2014, the Spring/Summer 2015 Daniela Villegas jewellery collection is available to buy exclusively at Moda Operandi's online trunk sale.

The delectable line-up includes her Emerald City earrings, which are inspired by The Wizard of Oz, one of Daniela's favourite books. Those with a love for creepy crawlies will not be disappointed either as the collection boasts a number of bejewelled insects, from the imposing Anemoi ring to the yellow diamond spider on the La Poderosa necklace.

Among the more intriguing pieces are the almost-squeamishly life-like Frog Skeleton earrings from Daniela's new Rebirth collection. In rose gold with white diamonds and Keshi pearls, they are undeniably beautiful.

Online high fashion boutique Moda Operandi offers shoppers the chance to buy pieces straight off the runway - months before they hit the stores - through its limited-time trunk show. Current jewellery trunk shows also include Delfina Delettrez, Alison Lou and Nina Runsdorf.



Editor's Pick

The Jewellery Editor is for sale

Help us make the future bright

Since founding The Jewellery Editor in 2010, we have grown our digital magazine to be the number one global source of information and inspiration for fine jewellery and luxury watches.

3,500 articles, 150 videos with over 5 million views and a reach of over 2 million per month on social media later, we have offered unparalleled and highly respected coverage of our sector. However, despite our editorial success, we are financially struggling as an independent publisher.

Entirely funded, owned and run by Christine and Maria in London, we are now looking to sell The Jewellery Editor so that it can continue to grow. As e-commerce becomes a priority in our industry, we believe there is huge potential for engaging editorial content and are seeking a buyer who shares our values and passion so that under their guidance we can give a bright future to the platform and help us grow our business to the next stage.

If you are interested to discuss the above, please contact [email protected]

Alternatively, if you are willing to help, you can donate so that in the meantime, we can continue to publish more interesting content.

Terms and conditions




We use our own and third party cookies to improve your experience and our services. If you continue, we consider that you accept their use. You can get more information on your website at cookies policy.