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Plateria La Azteca, John Wayne’s Red Rived Belt Buckle and the Silversmithing of the Martinez family: Part Two

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Plateria La Azteca, John Wayne’s Red Rived Belt Buckle and the Silversmithing of the Martinez family: Part Two

A week or so ago, I embarked on a “journey” to the town of Nogales in the state of Sonora, Mexico to trace the origins of a gorgeous vintage Mexican silver necklace I acquired bearing the unkown signature of La Azteca. My virtual trip was definitely not the result of a revelation – it was prompted by a polite and very informative message I received from a gentleman who responded to my frustration about the lack of information on the history of Plateria La Azteca by telling me that it was actually his family who owned and...

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Plateria La Azteca, John Wayne’s Red River Belt Buckle and the silversmithing of the Martinez family: Part One

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Plateria La Azteca, John Wayne’s Red River Belt Buckle and the silversmithing of the Martinez family: Part One

Anybody who loves vintage Mexican silver jewelry and is interested in the context within which those handmade treasures were created is painfully aware of the dearth of information on the circumstances of most maestros responsible for Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. There are, of course, some excellent works on several of the most famous makers yet we have barely (if at all) even scratched the surface where the majority of the silversmiths responsible for it is concerned. We are all trying to compose a picture of those amazing...

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Hearts of Stone for … Valentine’s

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Hearts of Stone for … Valentine’s

It’s about Valentine’s Day and most of us get into that funny, blissful-as-a-puppy mode again! And even if our budgets have probably not recovered from the holidays yet, the search for the absolutely perfect gift for our precious “others” is back on. Well, don’t go too far as I have some good suggestions – or so I believe at least… There is a whole genre within vintage Mexican silver jewelry that can work perfectly for you this year – and, hopefully, also ever after! Made primarily in the...

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The magic of JOSE FEDERICO’s Enamels

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The magic of JOSE FEDERICO’s Enamels

I am finally back after months and months of promising myself that tomorrow would be the day to start a new post. I guess later is better than never but you would have to be the judge of this… And since Spring seems to be with us already this year, I thought I’d write about enamel jewelry because I always found them perfect for the sunny days of spring and summer… I have an old fascination with enameled jewelry – there is something about the transparent lucidity of guilloche that reminds me of enchanted waters and...

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The Incredible Casa Maya

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The Incredible Casa Maya

What can be more vexing to a trained historian looking for information on a subject than the dearth of relevant literature? Almost nothing – believe me when I tell you! And unfortunately, this is the case with vintage Mexican jewelry. Despite the existence of a handful of good works on Taxco’s Silver Renaissance, the most recent among them being Penny Morrill’s book on Margot de Taxco’s enamel designs, and several interviews with Taxco maestros and magazine articles scattered here and there, there is so much that we...

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Starting with the less celebrated…

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Starting with the less celebrated…

Well, it would make sense when inaugurating a blog about vintage Mexican silver jewelry to begin with an ode to one of the big maestros, wouldn’t it? But then, this is just so predictable! Without wanting to belittle the creative genius of Spratling or Aguilar or Margot de Taxco (how could I anyway?), wouldn’t it be fun if I started with someone whose work is of the highest quality yet about whom we don’t really know that much? Among my most favorite less celebrated silversmiths and designers (and for some reason I am...

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