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huge Los Ballesteros / Cheo Mexican silver Pendant Necklace ~ sunburst with amethyst

on Jan 31, 2020 in archived

In keeping with the love the 1960s and ’70s had for huge, “ethnic” pendants this Los Ballesteros sterling silver sunburst stunner is inspired by ancient Aztec and Maya calendar disks and measures 3.5 in without the bail! Several silversmithing techniques were combined to create the pendant – cutwork, chasing, overlay, oxidation – and right at the center, a crown-set amethyst brings intense color to an otherwise silver and black background. The chain itself is an incredible find not just because it is the perfect match in terms of heft and proportions to the pendant but primarily because it is a signed Cheo piece. Cheo jewelry are not found very often and they can vary significantly in quality but when one stumbles upon a good example of their work, it is an occasion to celebrate. All the more so if the discovery is a thick, hand-wrought sterling chain – vintage Mexican chains of this quality are notoriously hard to come upon and hence especially coveted…

 

Size/Weight: pendant is 3 1/2″ in diameter (not including the bail); with the bail it adds a 4″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 27″ long

Hallmarks / Date: both pieces are signed as shown, the pendant with the Los Ballesteros logo as well as “STERLING 925”, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and a badly stamped Eagle mark; the chain with maker’s name as well as “925” and Eagle 185 assay mark; 1960s-70s

Condition: excellent vintage with stupendous proportions, beautifully crafted, with the stone having rich, saturated color and the oxidation on the pendant in very good shape as well; great patina, very good weight, two desirable Taxco signatures – no damage and no repairs noted

 

Inv.#14553/14986

 

SOLD – Thank you!

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