My name is Martha Lizarazo. I was born and raised in Colombia, but I have been living in London since the new Millennium.
For as long as I remember I have always loved fashion design. Indeed, during my childhood, I designed my own earrings made from telephone copper cable and sold them to my school friends for pocket money.
I was also heavily influenced by my mother, who worked in the jewellery business throughout my childhood, she has been an inspiration and a mentor to me.
I earned a degree in accounting and finance and after many years working in the London corporate banking sector, I decided to give up my career to do something more creative and meaningful… my true passion!
I believe that life is about doing what you love and if you follow that path, success, fulfillment and contentment will follow.
My inspiration is taken from my native Colombia and I realised that by designing and producing pieces made from my country’s unique and eco-friendly natural raw materials, I could have a positive impact on both the environment and also the local community.
Also, having lived in London for many years, I wanted to combine the fashion of South America with British trends by creating designs which fuse the two together and reflect both the culture and heritage of my country as well as the style and influences of London.
I am proud to introduce natural and ethical jewellery collections to meet the increasing consumer desire for ethical and eco-friendly products worldwide.
My collections introduce a material rarely seen in UK market, but which has been used for centuries in traditional South American jewellery making. I use VEGETABLE IVORY as the main material for my designs, a seed produced naturally by the “PhytelephasMacrocarpa” palm tree from the tropical rainforest of Colombia.
Today, Vegetable Ivory has become increasingly important as the only natural alternative to elephant ivory, due to its almost identical texture and colour. As I am passionate about elephant conservation, one of the main aims of Caliz London is to make a significant contribution to this cause via the introduction of the only jewellery collection made predominantly from this ideal, natural alternative material.
My aim is not only to provide high quality craftsmanship and innovative designs, but truly unique pieces with heart, soul and a story behind them, which allow the wearer to make a difference to the world by supporting a number of worthy causes from an environmental and social perspective through elephant conservation, rain forest preservation and fair trade practices.
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