Brooklyn-based jewelry artist Coco de Salazar focuses on creating innovative wearable design. She began her metalsmithing practice in 2011 and emphasizes setting precious gemstones, chain making, and chainmail, working in gold, silver, and steel. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Cindy Edelstein Design Scholarship at the annual WJA Awards for Excellence ’19 and the “Jewelry Design and Technology 19’” design scholarship program at Gemology Institute of America.

Coco is an advocate for the jewelry arts and has 3 years experience teaching fabrication and soldering, stone-setting, earring making, and ring making courses at Jewelry Creations Workshop in North Miami. 2018-2020 Coco held the President-elect board position Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), Miami Chapter. She commits herself to artist community engagement, and in 2019 she created and led a jewelry and metalsmithing studio for production work during a 3-month artist residency at Mana Contemporary in Downtown Miami, where she also hosted pop-up community workshops teaching soldering and fabrication techniques for the production of rings in sterling silver. Her most recent collection was showcased at the FIU Frost Museum’s in a fashion show, as part of the celebration of “The Art of Stonewall” exhibit, which featured over 200 works of art and related visual materials that explore the profound impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture.

Coco graduated from the 3D Jewelry Design course at GIA in 2021. She currently works freelance, offering custom jewelry and CAD design to clients.