The technique of filigree is one of the jewels of Southeast Mexico's traditions. This style of jewelry was found in many of the tombs in Monte Alban after the Spanish Conquest. Juan Manuel was the eldest son of his father who was known to be a master of this technique and was brought in to work with him at age 10. Now Juan Manuel's son, Jose Jorge is a maestro in his own right and the two of them together have made it their mission to carry this tradition forward. Much of this work originally was created in pure gold. With the increase in price, it is now created in silver adorned semi precious stones or espejos (mirrors) which are pounded silver disks and especially difficult to make.
We are sad to share that Juan Manuel passed away in 2021, but Jose Jorge continues in the family tradidion.