Posted Thursday, May 28 – 6:15 PM
By Laura Coleman
As a young man growing up in Montevideo, Uruguay, Angel Castelo yearned for two things: to sculpt art with his hands and poetry through his body. Those dreams led him to Buenos Aires, where he became a professional tango dancer, earning more awards and competitions than he can recall; and, all the while, he worked as a jeweler.
He still recalls his most famous patron of that era: Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentina. “She was a beautiful woman, very soft, very pleasant; very contrary of what people said,” Angel described the passionate leader. “She went around the world and got a lot of gifts,” he continued. And it was often Angel who’d take the stones and pearls that Peron acquired and craft them into modern designs.
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