Tuesday, January 3, 2012


18-Karat Rose and White Gold Bellisma
Double Sphere Ring with Diamonds
The Mexican city of Ixtapa, located northwest of Acapulco, Mexico, is a beautiful beach resort that boasts long stretches of sand and water activities such as snorkeling and swimming.  Mexico is also home to featured jewelry designer Daniel Espinosa.

According to American Express Publishing and Harrison Group’s 2011 Survey of Affluence and Wealth in America, consumers with discretionary income of over half a million dollars plan to purchase luxury jewelry items. 

Based on this survey, a respectable 27% of affluent men were eager to bulk up their wives’ sumptuous jewelry collections during the 2011 Christmas season.

With patronage that includes Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, Espinosa’s self-titled brand is clearly a revered luxury brand among the influential and high-powered in the U.S.A. and Espinosa would not have it any other way.

As a native of Mexico’s silver capital Taxco and the offspring of silversmiths, Espinosa was keenly aware of sterling silver’s aesthetic potential.  At the ripe age of 22, he sought to build a luxury Mexican jewelry brand in order to change the second-class perception of sterling silver in his homeland and abroad.  His goal was to prominently utilize sterling silver in designs that were innovative and distinctive.

He wanted to pair silver with textiles, mix it with 18-karat gold and make it a canvas for diamonds.  His studies in art history, fashion, marketing and gemology would help him to readily infuse different levels of visual depth and personality into cuff bracelets, pendant necklaces, and gemstone rings; a background that would help to create enormous global appeal.

Lastly he made sure to keep the production of his collections based in Taxco, and his team of artisans enlists traditional metalsmithing techniques.  “The manner in which I approached my brand is inspired mainly by William Spratling and how he changed the way Mexican artisans see, feel and design jewelry,” says Espinosa.  “He demonstrated a true appreciation for Mexico’s early cultures.”

Espinosa’s design range goes from the highly luxe, opulent designs of his Colorato, Natural Luxe and Bellisima collections to the graceful complexity of his supremely feminine Infinito Collection.

Many of his collections, including the aforementioned, are grand displays of pavé sets showcased in diamond necklaces, diamond bracelets, and diamond rings.  Some collections such as his Capri Collection highlight a single gemstone like the lovely pale blue of the amazonite; and still other collections interplay multi-colored precious gemstones in pavé sets.

His stunning bijouterie combines the best elements of statement making and simplicity.  Designs are stylish and chic with plenty of lush colored gemstones and gloriously sublime outlines.
Gemstone Chandelier Earrings
“I am the kind of designer who clearly disrespects the rules.  I understand that the creation of jewels can flourish from any material and can be combined with silver. 

Colors can come from materials so diverse as recycled glass of t.v. screens of the 40s and 50s that I discovered in the Philippines. 

I also know how to take advantage of the most beautiful things Mexico has to offer. 

My team produces 3,000 unique pieces of jewelry a year.  The sound of hammers, blades and machines is music to my ears.  To turn any invention to reality requires work, great creativity and a learning curve.”
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