Update (August, 2019)
“We have known NOVICA only a short time. But from the beginning, we loved the opportunity to expose our pieces and to make the Taxco silversmithing techniques even more well-known. We have managed to create a family business that produces pieces of the highest quality, with many satisfied customers in different parts of the world.
“Thanks to the support of NOVICA, we have managed to work more together as father and son. Philip is the one who coordinates the communications, and I feel very proud of that.
“One of the biggest challenges that has shaped us has been that some years ago we lost a large part of our capital, and that nearly took our business to bankruptcy. We had to cease operations and start again from scratch. It was vital that we work together, my son and I.
“We have grown significantly. Our goal is always to provide a quality product. This is a goal that is always latent and requires direct communication with our customers.
“We are very grateful to NOVICA for these results and the enthusiasm of its customers. We will continue to surprise you with beautiful designs that are full of quality and a part of us.
Original Artisan Story
“My process begins with smelting the pure silver that is purchased from providers in Taxco, alloying it with copper to give the metal a better consistency to work with. This is why it is called .925 sterling silver. Once the metal is smelted, the silver sheet is passed through a lathe (laminator) in order to obtain laminate, wires, ferrules, etc. Once we have the metal and we are ready to work with it, the sheet is attached to the designs that decorate it. The silver is trimmed or punctured, and and every part is sanded. Bracelets and necklaces are assembled using wires that are half-round, square, triangular, etc.. We solder the silver using a gas blowtorch, giving various forms to the jewelry. The sizes and product specifications are checked to see if any corrections are necessary. Once made, the pieces are submerged in nitric acid to clean them and maintain their brilliance. After, if they have any gemstones, they are applied according to the design. Finally, the pieces are polished by hand with cotton cloth on a polisher with a small motor and a special paste that smooths the surface and brings out the piece’s shine.
“My collections are based on everything that surrounds me, such as nature and its forms. Creating elegant and accessible pieces has always attracted me; embellishing someone with a personal touch is marvelous. One of the greatest challenges is maintaining the quality of our pieces, which has taken us many years to perfect, little by little.
“Today, I work with my son Philip, who is in charge of the technological and business aspects. We work with artisans from the region who show a great love for what they do every day. In this way, we preserve the traditions of silver in this magical place. We hope to continue consolidating our success with the creation of jewelry, allowing me to coexist with my family.”