One of the Taxco maestros that sprang out of Spratling’s Las Delicias, Francisco Rivera came into my life a little later than some of his more famous contemporaries yet the minute I realized who he was and what kind of jewelry he made, I fell in love! He is a designer/silversmith who almost flies under the radar – no big bands, no confetti in the air, no crowds around him. But believe me when I say, his work is en par with the best of them out there in quality of materials, in craftsmanship and attention to finishing and more often than not in inspired design. The leaf and amethyst bud bracelet at hand beckons you to run your fingers over its links as it glistens with warm patina. The stones are saturated in color and full of interesting inclusions; the silver heavy, deeply chased and cleverly oxidized…
Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable; when clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 7 3/4″) by 1″ wide; 35.6 grams
Hallmarks / Date: signed with Rivera’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “STERLING TAXCO” alongside Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s
Condition: excellent vintage with great presence, the patina you want to see on a well-loved, well-cared for piece of jewelry, with deep, rich color in the amethyst buds, the added security of a safety chain and no damage or repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!