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Juárez native Haydee Alonso finds inspiration for her delicate metal jewelry everywhere on the Texas-Mexico border. The 35-year-old grew up amid the binational flow of people characteristic of life in her hometown and El Paso. Now she harnesses that background to create pieces that reflect everything from the border’s landscape to Mexican pastries. Her rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are completely customizable with materials she sources from a company that’s fittingly named Rio Grande. The jewelry is sold online and at a few galleries and boutiques around El Paso under the name Ayayay! We spoke to Alonso about her work’s influences and what’s next for her company. Texas Monthly: When did you start making jewelry? Haydee Alonso: I have a bachelor’s degree in metals from the University…

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