Fabulous 1950s Mexican silver modernist necklace featuring a huge blue spinel nestled in a raised crown setting that maximizes the effect of light on the brilliance of the faceted gem. Signed by Nestor, a listed Taxco maestro whose early work probably starts in the pre-1948 period but whose creativity continued into the 1950s at least, this is the second necklace by him that I consider myself lucky of offering this year. I cannot say much about the creator’s life and days – the frustrating lack of information about so many silversmiths and designers from that period applies to him too, unfortunately. What I can contribute, based on my experience, is that he seems to have tried his hand at several styles and techniques, including the combination of metales casados and mozaico. Yet I consider his modernist jewelry, always wrought in thick gauge sterling sheet and quite often adorned with impressive gemstones, to represent the height of his originality, creativity and design acumen…
Size/Weight: 14 3/4″ long (wearable; can easily be extended by a jeweler, however); stylized bow station is 2 3/4″ wide and has a drop of 1 3/4″ approx.; chain is 1/4″ wide; 55.2 grams
Hallmarks / Date: “NESTOR HECHO EN …”, “STERLING” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s
Condition: excellent vintage with a stunning, huge gemstone, beautiful patina, good design and no damage or repairs noted
ON HOLD – Thank you!