I was in Buenos Aires last August and looked tirelessly for
metalsmiths/artists and found very few. I stayed in Palermo Soho,
sort of the "West Village" of the city and was disappointed that
there wasn't a large artists presence there. I found one nice guy
who has a tiny studio and supposedly teaches "joya" jewelry classes:
Pasaje Russell 5027
I also attempted to find the tool distributors and gem suppliers in
the heart of the city (downtown) and when I finally did, the prices
were really exhorbitant, even with the exchange rate in favor of the
dollar. You'd be better off buying tools in the U.S.
On Avenida Libertad, I found many Armenian and Spanish jewelers
(kind of diamond row) who were very nice but little of the work was
As for galleries, Buenos Aires, as lovely as the food and people
are, seems to lack a rich art history. In my opinion, if you want to
visit amazing studios and galleries with a high regard for
metalsmithing and jewelry, then Barcelona, Spain is your city!!!!!
Also, in Argentina the Rhodocrosita (rhodocrosite) available is not
good gem quality but still worthy of getting a piece for souvenir
And lastly, if gastronomy is your thing, then you must eat at two
Cabana Las Lilas
Alicia Moreau de Justo 516
Buen viaje and buena suerte!