Athena Silversmith

10 Years in Business!

This year marks my 10th year as a jewelry designer.  As I look back, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my customers for reaffirming that unique jewelry designs are a wearable art form. 

Art has always been a passion of mine. Since an early age, I cultivated drawing and art.  I remember visiting jewelry design shops with my dad who  owned a jewelry and watch retail business in Mexico City. I was fascinated as I watched the masters work with gold, silver and stones and then polish the pieces into shiny jewelry. 

I began making handcrafted jewelry in 2011 and began selling at local events in and around San Antonio. In 2012, I launched my website but soon realized that I needed to study techniques to diversify my designs.  So that year I enrolled at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas and learned the basics of metalsmithing and stone setting, studying such masters as Peter Carl Fabregé, Rene Lalique and Jacques Cartier. In 2016  I received my Associate's degree in  Applied Science in Jewelry at Austin Community College. Today my handcrafted designs range from classic styles  to trendy free form art, incorporating  Filigree, recycled silver, and free form jewelry, in both sterling silver and copper, many with natural stone accents.
Designer Claudio López was born in México City. López  studied architecture at the University of México and anthropology at the National Institute of Anthropology, both in Mexico City.  He studied painting with Texas painter Sylvia Orozco. His works include abstract and neorealism paintings. López began jewelry making in 2010, choosing silver and natural stones as his media and palette. He received his Associate's degree in  Applied Science in Jewelry at Austin Community College in 2016. López was named Emerging Texas Artist at the 2013 Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair in Kerrville,Texas. His philosophy is to make beautiful handmade  jewelry wih singular designs that will last a lifetime. 
Nuestro diseñador Claudio López  nació en la ciudad de México, en donde realizó estudios de Arquitectura en la Universidadd Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) y  posteriormente de Antropología en el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). Estudió pintura con la pintora texana Sylvia Orozco y desde el año 2010 decidió hacer joyería por lo que escogió la plata y las piedras naturales como su materia prima, por ello, ingresó a la escuela de joyería de Austin Community College en el año 2011 y obtuvo su título en ciencia aplicada en joyería en 2016. Se designó a López  el título  de Artista Emergente de Texas en la Feria 2013 de Arte y ArtesaníEstatal de Texas  en Kerrville, Texas.  Su filosofía es ofrecerle lindas joyas que perduren para toda la vida y diseños únicos, en su joyería artesanal hecha a mano.