Oscar Figueroa Escorcia from Mexico
is the artisan in the spotlight this week
"Growing up in a silversmith environment, especially since my city is recognized worldwide for its silver jewelry, I decide to venture into this same business. In 1983, at 19 years old, I began to make my own designs. It took me four years to prepare the design and elaboration of my own lines. Now I am proud to say my jewelry collections have been accepted in the US, Europe and South America.
"The process begins with the melting of pure silver and transforming it into a sheet. It is passed through a laminator so it we can work with it. Designs are placed on certain areas of the sheets, cut, then sanded on all sides. Finally, the pieces are polished by hand with cotton cloths over a polisher with a small motor using a special paste. It is in this step that the surface of the piece is given its smoothness and now it is ready to shine with a mirror finish.
"My collections are based in the origin and traditions of our culture, some are classic while others follow current fashion trends. When the designs are well thought out in the varied original materials of our country, it is easy to create jewelry lending beauty and elegance to the wearer."