Note: Our use of the term "Sterling Silver" generally refers to. Los Castillo is the first family of Taxco. Until his recent passing, Don Antonio continued his innovations in Silver Art with new works in amber, carved stones and his dynamic settings of pre-Columbian ancient artifacts, of which he was a world renowned expert and collector.
This is an amazingly cool Mexican Silver jointed sectioned bracelet. Regardless, it is unique and I never seen another like it in all my years of collecting. Overall, it is in excellent vintage condition.
I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about jewelry, but I had never heard of Taxco silver jewelry. After some research, I learned many things about this small city in Mexico. Earrings are quite popular, from pure sterling silver like the leaf earrings above to silver complementing beautiful stones, like the Amazonite drop earrings below.
Traditional metal working in Mexico dates from the Mesoamerican period with metals such as gold, silver and copper. Other metals were mined and worked starting in the colonial period. The working of gold and silver, especially for jewelry, initially declined after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. However, during the colonial period, the working of metals rose again and took on much of the character traditional goods still have.
In a young associate professor of architecture, William Spratlingarrived in Taxco, a pretty colonial town in the mountains of Guerrero state between Mexico City and Acapulco, to study its baroque architecture. In the wake of a bloody revolution that had raged for a decade between andMexico was ready to embrace renewal: artists and artisans across the newly democratised nation were inspired to re-examine their national identity and cultural traditions. Spratling — a New Yorker whose literary aspirations had already brought him into contact with writers such as William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson —became friends with Rivera, and moved to Taxco permanently in
CN Mexican vintage sterling silver jewelry, and Taxco vintage sterling silver jewelry, a beautiful sterling silver necklace with lovely beads resembling drops of water, Taxco, c. The design of the necklace is simple and wonderful; it is extremely graceful and elegant. Condition is very good.
Collectible sterling silver jewelry varies in origin Mexican, Scandinavian, American, etc. From highly collectible Tiffany sterling pieces made just years ago to items dating to the turn of the last century, this guide covers a number of these pieces. Dating information is provided when available along with designer information where appropriate.
Silver Magazine's review by Will Chandler says " Goddard's Field Guide will become the Spratling collectors' 'bible' for decades to come. He established a model for the artistic development and growth of the silver industry in Taxco and well deserved the title "Father of Contemporary Mexican Silver!