When we speak about art, creativity and a keen sense of imagination in
San Pedro, this week's personality comes to mind, Mr. Dimas Guerrero.
Dimas, another talented Sanpedrano, was born to Mrs.
Olivia and Dimas Guerrero in the year 1950. Like the rest of the
youngsters of that time, he only attended primary school. At the age of
twelve he went to explore the wonders of the sea, which at the time was
the livelihood of every local. Unfortunately, the salt water affected his
vision and after ten years, he was forced to stop fishing. It was before
he ended this part of his life, that Dimas discovered one of the most
beautiful treasures of the sea - Black Coral. He found this piece of
coral very interesting, not knowing its real value. He was a young man
that always found pleasure from carving pieces of bark or other
materials, so he did the same with his new discovery. He carved six
figurines in the shape of sharks out of this new found material. To his
amazement, the end result was beautiful. He attached one of them to his
chain, and soon a tourist saw it and inquired about this unique piece.
Having a good eye for business, Dimas sold the pendant. He was then asked
to produce more. He realized that this new material must be of high value
and researched it, discovering that it was rare and valuable. Dimas' next
move was to take scuba lessons in order to be able to gather his working
material. He would go to sea three times a year to collect enough Black
Coral to last him the whole year.
Shortly after the birth of Black Coral jewelry and because
of the high demand for it, Dimas realized that eventually this rare coral
would be protected. Planning ahead, he decided to buy a full set of
jewelry equipment, so he would have something to fall back on. He worked
with Black Coral for fifteen years eventually combining it with silver
and gold. His delicate and unique work attracted many customers.
Dimas married Gloria Staines in 1975 and together they
have two children, Elvie (21) who is an aspiring artist presently
studying graphic design and D.J. (13). Together Dimas and Gloria have
combined their talents and expertise to make D & G's Jewelry the
number one custom jewelry store on the island. They have come up with
personalized pieces of jewelry for many satisfied customers. D& G's
also offers a Lost Wax process and valuation of precious stones.
His creativity is not only limited to jewelry; he is
also a talented painter, decorator and a master-mind when it comes to
creating costumes. He has been participating in Halloween competitions
since he was fourteen and has won prizes ever since. He has also been
very active throughout his youth and to the present. His lifetime dream
was to be a boxer but due to limited opportunities he was denied this
chance. He grew up playing baseball until this sport slowly disappeared.
When this occurred, he partnered with two other active community members
to start the first football club in San Pedro. Dimas played for ten years
and then trained the newcomers for another seven years. He was also an
avid Karate trainee but again had to stop training because of a lack of
trainers. He was a member of the San Pedro Lions Club and is a volunteer
Dimas hopes to someday have a complete, state of
the art jewelry shop where he can display his creative pieces. He
commented, "I am willing to share my talent with anyone wishing to learn,
as long as they are serious." Dimas is a true example of the great talent
that our Isla Bonita has to offer. San Pedro is proud of this great
artisan whose products are known nationally and internationally, making
him an invaluable part of Our Community.