Sterling Silver Mata Ortiz Bracelet
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. 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. He works by hand with .950 silver to form a specifically built bezel for each shard. Using a dremel-like device, he cuts the pottery into shapes that he can see will make perfect pieces of jewelry.