Gustavo Hoefs is a designer craftsman working in jewelry, metal smithing and lapidary since 1981. Gustavo is a native of Lake Worth, Florida who has lived and worked in places all over the eastern half of the USA. His family on his father’s side arrived in Delray beach in 1914 to farm pineapples then later went into dairy farming.
Gustavo enjoys working with both metal and later in 2014 expanded his interest in fabrics developing his unique methods for Batik dye work on cotton. Gustavo`s jewelry endeavors began in 1981 learning to carve wax models then developing a love for opals, he built his first lapidary grinder, then later he built vacuum casting equipment then began learning to make castings. When Gustavo’s design ideas outgrew his skills at metal smithing and Jewelry making, he attended school at Penland, NC and UGA Athens GA. Returning to West Palm Beach Gustavo took up a bench jewelry repair position at West Best, a local jeweler for a year then it was more school at Penland. In 1991 Gustavo began working at a local jeweler in Black Mountain NC, when the store owner closed his shop, Gustavo opened his first shop on Cherry street in Black mountain. NC. doing repair work and custom orders for retail clients. Gustavo Closed his shop in 1996 and took up a position working as a bench jeweler in Columbus Ohio. In 2005 Gustavo opened his second business, Beechwold Custom Jewelry in Columbus OH. In 2012 Gustavo turned his attention to teaching part timeand has taught at the Armory art center West Palm Beach, FL, for the FSG Miami, & Fort Lauderdale.
Gustavo Is an accomplished metal smith, who uses traditional 19 century methods for making jewelry, “ I hand carve wax models vacuum cast, & like to make my own sheet and wire on the rolling mill. I allow the design to dictate whether to cast or fabricate “ “The past 17 years I have enjoyed designing Bridal Jewelry, working with Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver, Brass, Steel, copper, Lapidary, inlay, stone setting, diamond setting, interpreting diamond certifications, quartz watch repair, Mokume Gane & wax model making.” For modern designs Gustavo uses his knowledge of Rhino and 3-d laser printing Other hand crafting skills include investment casting, forging vessels and flatware, die making, tool making, antique restorations, engraving, basic machine tool operations on the lathe and milling machine, making patterns for men`s shirts, short pants, ladies skirts, wraps and one piece dress`
“ When I make jewelry I work in almost any time period style from primitive to vintage to modern. I am a craftsman who work for others but at times I create for myself then it`s a surprise.”