Erica DelGardo comes from a family of artists but she resisted making the same career choice. DelGardo was born in the Patagonia region of Argentina. At age 18 she moved with her family to the United States and settled in San Antonio. Her mother owned a jewelry store there and when DelGardo was starting college, as a very non-starving-artist international business major, she happened to see a listing for a metalsmithing class. Soon she was hooked.
DelGardo was already selling her work at art fairs around San Antonio when she met her future husband. He lived in Houston, so she moved here and started selling at the monthly art festivals in the Heights area. Eventually, it made sense to open a permanent place and so Erica DelGardo Jewelry Designs on 19th Street opened it doors in May of 2007.
The hand-crafted jewelry you will find inside is a fusion of art and jewelry, made in silver, gold and platinum with precious or semi-precious stones. DelGardo is a metalsmith. She takes each piece of her jewelry all the way from the design process, to creation to display to be sold.