Mixing fashion and religion: Mexican jewellery designer Daniel Espinosa

Bold, elegant and sophisticated jewellery designs make their way to Canada.

May 04, 2006
Beatriz Juarez
Mixing fashion and religion: Mexican jewellery designer Daniel Espinosa

Silver has always had its own boho-alternative allure. Ancient alchemists called the metal "luna" because its white lustre reminded them of the moon, the sea and various seductive lunar goddesses. Modern-day fashion god Karl Lagerfeld says he's influenced by "silver moods." Aside from his iconic silvery-white ponytail, Lagerfeld is known for wearing chunky, mock-goth silver rings from L.A.-based Chrome Hearts.

While silver may be a passing mindset for the kaiser, Mexican jewellery designer Daniel Espinosa says that he's always in the mood for the sensual, soft metal. "I was born in Mexico City, but I later moved to Taxco [de Alarcón], which is famous for its silver," he says. "My family has been in the jewellery business for three generations before me -- so basically I have always lived in a silver world!" ELLE Canada chatted with the 35-year-old designer in Mexico City about his metal obsessions.

Elle Canada: Do you remember the first piece you designed?
Daniel Espinosa: "It was a necklace. It was made with glass from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, a city that is famous for its glass-blowing. I used cobalt-blue glass mixed with white silver. It was quite beautiful. A few years later, I saw a copy of it in Galeries Lafayette in Paris. I couldn't believe it!"

EC: How have famous silver jewellery designers like William Spratling, Valentin Vidaurretta and Antonio Pineda influenced you as an artist?
DE: "I've been inspired mainly by Spratling. He completely changed the way we see, feel and design jewellery. There had been silver mines in Taxco for centuries, but it wasn't known for its jewellery design until Spratling moved there in the late 1920s and established an apprentice system to train young silversmiths. He was an American architect, but he demonstrated a real appreciation for, and sensitivity to, the early cultures of Mexico. His designs have always inspired me."

Want more silver inspiration? Read about Canadian jewellery designer to the stars Hilary Druxman!

Photos courtesy Daniel Espinosa


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