The Garcia Family (Oaxaca City)

The members of this prolific family live as next-door neighbors, each with his own workshop. Today three brothers and their sons are actively involved in this art.

Delfino García Esperanza

Delfino has both preserved his family’s tradition of heirloom designs and patterns in silversmithing and created new designs. He loves to resurrect old designs and molds. Among his special pieces are his crowns for religious images, some in silver and others in gold.

Along with his son, Valentín Julián, Delfino produces elegant combinations of silver and gold filigree earrings with pearls, semi-precious stones, and coral. Some are further elaborated with graceful leaf patterns. Delfino has participated in national and local contests in which the excellence of his work has been recognized.

He was also featured as a master jeweler in the exhibition that derived from FOFA’s 2008 young artists contest.

José Jorge García García

José Jorge’s specialty is silver filigree jewelry, including bracelets – cuff style as well as more delicate bands – and chains. His outstanding work has been recognized in a series of state and national contests in which he has been awarded prizes, including first prize. As a young man, he participated in the workshop created by his father and three uncles (including Delfino), but eventually went off on his own at 25 years of age. José Jorge has introduced new designs, such as a ribbon style with beads of coral, turquoise or pearl.

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