Carlos Diaz was born in Bogotá, Columbia. At the early age
of 14, he became an apprentice under his uncle who was a Silversmith and quickly fell in love with what would be his life long carreer and passion. After finishing his apprenticeship, Carlos learned the Art of Repousse and Chasing from Parisian Master Silversmith, Gaston Avenel. At 23, Carlos worked in Ecuador for a few years making chalices for the Catholic church and hollowware for the Embassy. In 1953, Carlos came to Tucson and began piecework for local jewelers.
In 1958, Carlos opened his own business and a few years later had become incorporated. Carlos graduated from the GIA, Gemological Institute of America, in 1978 and holds a degree in Gemology.
After half a Century, Carlos is still creating his own designs using Silver, Gold, Turquoise, Diamonds and a variety of other gemstones. He is also noted for his custom work and along with his silversmiths, produce special hollowware such as Chalices and baby cups. Other custom items including letter openers, key chains, money clips, etc. Carlos Diaz Silversmiths also has a unique and impressive collection of genuine, southwest Native American Jewelry.
Carlos Diaz Silversmiths is a family business, owned by Carlos and Carmen Diaz. Carlos started his business in 1958 in Tucson, Arizona, making his own unique style of jewelry for the public. In 1982 Carlos moved his location to 2815 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, Arizona. There, he works daily, continuing to create exquisite pieces for his customers with your gems or ours.
Family team members include Carmen Diaz, Antonio (Richard) Baker, Maria Teresa Creighton, Enrique Creighton (his grandson) and Lawrence Lee, a long time family friend.
In addition to the custom jewelry that we make, we also carry a large variety of Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and other Native American jewelry. These items are handmade by artists who use only natural materials. We also carry some manufactured products such as charms, basic chains, etc. in both sterling and gold. Here at Carlos Diaz Silversmiths, we do many repairs on jewelry and hollowware.
We also have engraving services for items such as rings, bracelets and curved surfaces, cups and chalices. We also offer the service of appraisals on Native American Jewelry. We at Carlos Diaz stand behind all of our products 100% and encourage customers to call us for all of their jewelry needs.