February 07 2012 Tuesday at 11:17 PM

Another Leading Woman...

Silvia AustriasMagic 101.9 congratulates Silvia Asturias!

Silvia Austrias moved to the United States in 1982 and married her husband, Juan at Fort Hood Texas a year later. Her husband was sent to Korea by his Army superiors and Silvia went with him. Following her husband while in the military, Silvia and Juan were sent back to the United States to Fort Polk in Western Louisiana. Silvia worked three jobs to make ends meet to save money for their future move to New Orleans. In 1985 they moved to New Orleans. Silvia decided to spend $1200 she had saved and set out a table in the French Market to sell her jewelry. Her business grew with her custom New Orleans silver jewelry designs and by 1988 she moved her jewelry sales to an inside store across from the French Market. She called it Sterling Silvia.

Silvia re-opened her French quarter store just a few days after Katrina. She and her store survived and they have now expanded to have two store fronts: one on French Market Place and one on Decatur. Today Silvia is busy daily running Sterling Silvia in the store at shows and online with her website and spends her extra time with her daughter Christy. Silvia is also involved with the local leukemia Society and serves as a volunteer for the American Red Cross.