Our Story


Criselda is an artist, and had been an art teacher for 15 years. One day while teaching remotely during the pandemic, she realized that she was urging her art students to pursue their dreams, however she wasn’t doing it herself. So that year, she made the decision to resign from her stable job.

She embarked on an unknown journey as an entrepreneur to follow her passion and do just what she had been preaching for 15 years; to follow her dream of living a creative life and make a living from it. This is how Pattern Gems were born.

She creates each unique piece in her small studio at home, in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert.  Criselda manually die cuts each of the shapes in various sizes and patterns. She then aligns them in unique, surprising and visually pleasing ways. The shapes are attached to each other forming clusters and unified as a whole jewelry piece.  Finally, the earrings and necklaces  are ready to be worn and add a surprising pop of color to any outfit.

Pattern Gems are made by hand from start to finish. Therefore, each piece is as unique as the story of their creator herself.



How are Pattern Gems made?

In Criselda's small studio at home, in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert, shampoo bottles and school folders are collected and washed carefully.  Then the plastic is cut to make sheets and painted to make bold and colorful patterns.  Criselda then manually die cuts each of the sheets creating different varieties of shapes and sizes.  When several of them have been cut, she pairs them up to make what we call Pattern Gems by Criselda Lopez.  Plastic that would have ended up in landfills is given a second life, and re-imagined into small and unique, works of art hanging from the ears.

Are Pattern Gems one of a kind?

The patterns in Pattern Gems are done manually, so they are all slightly different even if the same colors are used.  This is also why Pattern Gems are each different and why they are one of a kind.  This is also why your Pattern Gems will most likely be slightly different from the image on the website, however it also means that no one will have the exact same earrings that you have.  Handcrafted earrings are special and unique.

How do I care for my Pattern Gems?

Pattern Gems are made using recycled, clean plastic and are very durable.  To keep them in a great condition, please avoid dropping them in your handbag to avoid bending and breaking.  They can be stored in a jewelry box or regular box.  You can also wipe them gently with a damp cloth and the silver or gold earring part can be cleaned with silver cleaning cream to keep shiny.


How long will it take for me to receive my order?/Shipping

Shipping will be calculated at checkout.

I ship orders within 2 to 3 days after receiving the order.

Domestic shipping (USA) takes around 3 to 4 days to arrive.

International shipping currently takes more than 2 weeks, and could be held by customs.  The buyer is responsible for any international customs taxes and fees.

I use recycled and recyclable packaging.


What is your return/exchange policy?

Please contact me if your Pattern Gems arrive damaged.  I pack each set carefully, but I understand things get damaged while shipping.  If that is the case, we can discuss a replacement.  Returns accepted within 15 days of purchase.