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1950s Nestor Mexican silver and color-change sapphire Necklace

on Jan 21, 2020 in archived

A listed early Taxco maestro who kept creating jewelry in the post-1948 period Nestor was not as prolific as some of his contemporaries yet his work was always of very high quality as were the materials that he used. During his career he tried his hand at several styles and techniques and some of his pieces are truly eye-catching. In the necklace presented here he seems to venture into the design universe of Margot de Taxco and the Los Castillo. Beading, cutwork, oxidation and hand-chased details combine in this complex sterling central station accented by a big, crown-set color changing corundum (synthetic sapphire). The gem is faceted, changes color from deep amethyst to a steely purple under different light conditions and it is a treat for the eyes. Last but not least, the links forming the chain are riveted to each other which bespeaks the necklace’s quality…

 

Size/Weight: 16 1/2″ long (wearable); central station is 3″ wide with a drop of 2 3/8″; 58.6 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “HECHO EN TAXCO 925” and “STERLING” alongside Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s

Condition: excellent vintage with warm, glowing patina, a beautiful design and a gorgeous gemstone, with no damage and no repairs noted

Inv.#14987

 

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