Florentina Belarde is a fusion silversmith, blending her lifelong love of pre-Hispanic Filipino jewellery with her adopted passion for the  Celtic arts  in her handcrafted jewellery.

She was born on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines in 1985. Mindanao in pre-Hispanic times was one of the main centres for highly skilled artisans working mainly in gold, an abundant substance during that period.

After arriving in the UK in 2009 Florentina enrolled on a Silversmithing course to pursue her interest in jewelry making, which had fascinated her for many years. This led to Florentina exhibiting her work. Following her move to Scotland in 2011, she developed an interest in Celtic jewelry and undertook in-depth research into its history.

Florentina became aware that some of the motifs she observed in Filipino jewelry were mirrored in Celtic works, especially patterns used in embossing. Without consciously attempting to copy any specific patterns, she found her work bore an uncanny resemblance to the ancient jewelry of her country.

Florentina uses 925 Sterling Silver in her work and when using stones tries to source them, where possible, from Asia. She has created a range of items – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and brooches. Her  handcrafted jewellery attracts aficionados globally and she has travelled extensively as a result of the increase in demand for her work.