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Jewelry

INTRODUCING THE BEST OF TWO WORLDS

Taxco is the center of the silver jewelry industry in Mexico

Mata Ortiz is the center of the fine ceramic industry in Mexico

Blend the two, and you have one-of-a-kind pieces

Pottery chards and jewelry

THE PROCESS:

Broken shards or cracked pots are sent from Mata Ortiz to Taxco, 1500 miles away.  Agustín Torres Beltran, a Nahuatl Indian, cuts and smoothes the ceramic pieces into shards.

Agustin Torres

Working in his bedroom or on his balcony, he works by hand with .950 silver to form a specifically built bezel for each shard.

Agustin’s workbench Melting siler

Agustin’s workbench

Melting 95% silver & 5% copper

Using a dremel-like device, he cuts the pottery into shapes that he can see will make perfect pieces of jewelry.

Soldering back to bezel

Using a cegueta, a small saw, to remove excess silver from back

Using cegueta to match bezel height with the width of the shard

Adding decorative designs

On “balcony workshop” cleaning, polishing,  and buffing the piece

Without touching the silver, Agustín using a tool to bend the bezel over the shard

Single Red jewelry peace

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