Celida Hidalgo, Cofounder of Hidalgo Jewelry, Dies at 95

Courtesy Silvio Hidalgo

Celida Hidalgo, at her 95th birthday party in December 2013

Celida Hidalgo, cofounder of Hidalgo Jewelry and mother of the designer Silvio Hidalgo, has died. 

Celida was born in Cuba in 1918 and graduated from the University of Havana with a doctorate in education. She moved her young family from Cuba to Miami in 1961 and soon after, along with her husband, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, founded Hidalgo Jewelers. They manufactured Cuban chains and distributed them throughout Southern Florida.

The couple shuttered the company when they retired, but their son Silvio reopened it in 1984 to launch his own jewelry designs. His mother continued to be an inspiration and a staple at jewelry shows around the world. 

“She, along with my father, were attendees at all the jewelry shows for the past 25 years, including Basel, Hong Kong, New York, and Vegas. They were dearly loved by everyone, including all of my retailers,” Silvio says. “She was always searching for new trends for me to follow. My mother was the reason for my success, and I will miss her every day of my life.”