Karen Melfi Collection

fine jewelry gallery



Mario Chavez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The youngest of four children, there was much laughter, love, and encouragement to pursue his dreams. At fourteen years of age he was introduced to the world of jewelry through a high school art class, a life-changing experience. Immediately he was drawn to metals, stones, and the process of designing and hand fabricating jewelry. In the years following he apprenticed, honed his skills, and went on to open his first studio twenty-five years ago.

Mario works with a variety of metals including high karat gold, platinum, and silver. He uses precious and semi-precious gems as well as rare minerals. While he excels at “old school” techniques of hand fabrication using a welding torch his studio also offers the latest in high tech equipment including a laser welder and casting capabilities.

Custom design is Mario’s specialty, but no job is too large or small and repair service is available. His studio is located one block off the historic Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the city he’s called home for seventeen years with his wife and children.