Get to know our Artists: Rene Escobar Q&A
In anticipation of our upcoming Rene Escobar Trunk Show, we caught up with Rene for an artist Q&A. Rene Escobar‘s passion for the art of jewelry making is such an inspiration to us and is just one of the many reasons we are so captivated by his work. A proud third-generation jeweler based in South Florida, Rene’s commitment to hand-crafted jewelry design is visible in each and every piece of his collection.
What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?
I was about 10 years old and I made a small silver brooch in the shape of an antique bicycle; I gave it to my mom.
What are your favorite stones to work with?
I am attracted to iridescent stones like moonstones and opals, and blue or green stones such as blue labradorite, blue sapphires, tanzanites, tzavorites and emeralds, and diamonds of course.
Who inspires your creative process?
Since early on I’ve had the fortune to work with great clients, women who are confident, smart, elegant, and chic; they have always been my inspiration.
When are you most inspired?
When I’m surrounded by art and other artists.
How do you like to start your day?
With a great cup of coffee!
Favorite spots in South Florida?
Where’s your home away from home?
New York City!
Describe your personal style.
What are your jewelry staples?
I never take off my father’s wedding band which he made over 50 years ago; I stack it with my own rings or rings made by one of my jewelry designer friends. I also wear a necklace with different charms that I change according to my mood.
Accessory you can’t leave your home without?
My father’s wedding band.
What are your travel essentials?
My favorite cologne, good headphones, a good pair of walking shoes, and a good pair of dress shoes.
What are you currently reading or listening to?
Coffee or tea?
Favorite way to de-stress?
Advice for an aspiring goldsmith/jeweler?
Learn to make it really good. Learn the techniques first; learn all the rules and how to apply them. This way, you have little limitations and you can create any style of jewelry on purpose. Also, this way you can break the rules if you so desire.