EDGAR HILDAGO


For Edgar, making jewelry is a family profession. He is the third generation of jewelers, and began creating jewelry over 35 years ago. He says that he has learned that he puts a little something of himself into every piece he makes. We like to think of it as love.

Edgar’s story

“When I was a child, I remember my father working at home. The flashes of fire captivated me. Sometimes I would ask him if he would put me in his lap and show me how it was done." Edgar's grandfather was an engineer for the railroad and he made parts for the trains’ engine. He also made watch parts. "When he died at a very young age, my grandmother had her three sons learn to make jewelry so that they could continue their heritage. One of my uncles learned to make the chain, the other made the jewelry and my father made the engraving. It was truly a family business."

"When my father got married, he worked [making jewelry] more and more, so he decided it was time to work outside of the home. In that shop one jeweler worked on platinum, one on silver and one on gold. That is where I learned how to work with all the metals. Once we moved to the US, I then learned to carve jewelry out of wax and do the casting.

I went to work for my father at a young age. After studying engraving and wax carving for many years, he told me that it was time for me to learn to set stones. So, I went back to Mexico for more extensive education . For many years, I would work under my father in the US, go to Mexico for 2-weeks and take courses every six months.”

Edgar and King Rey Feo history:

In the US, Edgar worked for his father at Chamade jewelers in La Villita. While there, they were commissioned to make crowns for two different King El Rey Feo's. For the Golden Anniversary in 1998 one of the crowns was designed by El Rey Feo L, Henry R. Munoz, III. Jeweler Alain Teissier, along with Edgar Hildalgo of Chamade Jewelers skillfully made Henry's concept a reality. It's made of silver, gold and genuine amethyst; the silver represents Mexico, while the gold alludes to Spanish influence over the Rey Feo tradition. The fifty amethysts which surround the crown represent the fifty appointed Reye Feo’s and the fiftieth anniversary. The crown has been on loan to the Texas State History Museum.”

Above the gems is a design of Nopal cactus and barbed wire that is adorned with rubies, which speak of the strength of the South Texas region. The cabrito evoke the tradition of the Rey Feo and the Feria de las Flores (Festival of the flowers); their eyes are adorned with emeralds. The peaks of the crown copy the skyline of San Antonio, highlighting the Alamodome, the Tower of the Americas, the Alameda Theater, the San Fernando Cathedral, the Missions and the Tower Life Building, all of it alluding to a city built on scholarships. The river etched on to the crown speaks of the river of people flowing together in the spirit of community. The splendor of the crown culminates in a bejeweled cascarón, adorned with emerald, rubies, white sapphires, diamonds, aquamarines, citrines, and tourmalines. The multitude of Mexican colors in this cascarón honor the spirit of Fiesta.

Edgar brings his expertise to Medlars

In 2010 Medlars had the fortune of bringing Edgar onto our team of jewelers. He brought with him specialized skills acquired from the many years of working in the jewelry industry. Edgar is an accomplished gem-setter. He has been awarded many extensive jewelry creations as a Master Jeweler.

Because of Edgar and our other jewelers, we really can say that we do things other jewelers can’t.