In the same enchanting Mexican village where thousands of monarch butterflies migrate every year, you’ll also find some of the best coppersmiths in the world. These craftsmen have been passing down time-tested methods of artistry for generations—close to 400 years.

Influenced by nature and the nuances of the landscape that surrounds them, the coppersmiths take discarded and recycled pieces of copper and melt them down in large cauldrons over a fire. By using copper that would have otherwise been left to oxidize and deteriorate, the artisans preserve and revive rich, beautiful pieces of nature—as well as save materials that would have been sourced from the Earth.

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