I am so excited to have discovered this as-sweet-as-can-be Mexican silver shadowbox pendant! My excitement is not due to its excellent craftsmanship – just take a look at the row of figures running the outer perimeter; nor is it because of the beautiful, sparkling gemstone – it registers right on the divide between citrine and spinel but I am calling it a citrine. I am thrilled about this find because usually, this specific sub-genre of Taxco jewelry closely associated with the Los Ballesteros workshop comes in a much bigger size. I had never seen a smaller example like this one before! Now mind you, it is not diminutive – but it is smaller and to a lot of people out there, easier to wear. So if you always coveted one of those bold pendants but shied away because of their … boldness, here is your opportunity to own a “miniature” (so to say!) version of them…
Size/Weight: pendant is 1 7/8″ in diameter; with the bail adds a 2 1/2″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 24 7/8″ long; 29.8 grams (for the set)
Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “FR” and “STERLING MEXICO TAXCO” with Eagle 3 on the pendant; chain is marked “STERLING” on the spring ring; 1950s-70s for the pendant while chain (which is not Mexican yet a great match) possibly of the same period but difficult to pinpoint exact date
Condition: excellent vintage, quite rare in its smaller size, with craftsmanship of the highest level, its oxidation in great shape as well, having a beautiful gemstone and with no damage or repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!