How did Abbott Taylor, jewelry designer and diamond broker come to be such an outstanding influence in the Tucson community?
After spending his youth growing up in Cos Cob, Connecticut, and studying physics, philosophy and fine arts at the University of Connecticut, Abbott Taylor set his sights on the west coast. An aspiring musician, he climbed aboard his remodeled bread truck complete with a piano in the back and a water tank on the roof – and headed towards the promised land… California.
A few hundred miles from his destination, Abbott ran out of gas in a little desert city called Tucson. The splendor of the uncompromised desert attracted the young dreamer, and he decided to stay awhile. Soon after he had his first child he decided to hang up his walking shoes and give up the life of the wandering artist.
Because of his full beard, and the hair that fell halfway down his back, Abbott was turned down for this first job as an Electrolux Vacuum salesman. He came upon an ad for a goldsmith’s apprentice in the newspaper and was soon gainfully employed.
Abbott spent the next few years learning the trade. While honing his skills as a wax carver, designer and goldsmith, he discovered his love of design and nurtured his passion to create. In this field he had found a way to balance his artist’s spirit.