What it's all about...
Vargas Goteo combines eye catching, thought provoking design with the mission of bringing ethical and social responsibility to fine jewelry. Creating statement pieces that start a conversation about conservation, these handcrafted collections initiate a new perspective on the notion of value surrounding poached, illegally traded and irresponsibly sourced species.
Each collection raises awareness and contributes directly to carefully selected ocean and wildlife organization campaigns. These include anti-shark finning, manta ray conservation, coral reef conservation, anti-ivory poaching and anti-rhino poaching organizations.
Raised by architect & designer parents and having spent her childhood summers by the Adriatic Sea, the beauty of the natural world has influenced Alex Prijic Smith’s work from a very young age. Always returning to this source, nature in its purest forms has been a driving force throughout her career as an interior designer, and later as a jewelry designer. Established in 2010, Vargas Goteo grew of the desire to create unique designs driven by true conservationist ideals.
“There's much more value in leaving something where it belongs. Vargas Goteo pieces are symbols of that respect. It's a great feeling to give back, and if wearing or gifting a piece can provide someone a way to do that, it makes it all that much more valuable. "
- Alex Prijic Smith, Founder & Designer