Mateo is one of those “familiar unknowns” among the Taxco maestros. Based on what I have seen of his work, he must have started making jewelry in the 1970s and crossed over the end of the “Eagle assay mark” into the post-1980 period. Mostly known for his brutalist silver and hard-stone rings, he can be quite impressive at his best moments and that’s why his creations have a steady, loyal following not just among lovers of vintage Mexican jewelry – his rings attract brutalist jewelry collectors as well. Big and bold, the ring at hand is a veritable show-stopper! Its more than generous polished sodalite stone is a rich, saturated dark blue with lighter hues as well as white and rust red running through it. The cobweb-y gallery lifts it up just enough to make it seem as if it’s softly floating above the finger when you have it on. One of the best Mateo rings I have had so far…
Size/Weight: sz 6 (yet resizable by your jeweler); face is 1 1/2″ N-S and 1 1/16″ E-W; 19.8 grams
Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name as well as “MEXICO”, “TAXCO” and “950”; I believe there is an additional hallmark there, a badly stamped Eagle assay mark, so will date the ring to the 1970s
Condition: very good vintage, impressive in its size, with a stunning stone and fantastic patina; it seems to me that during the setting of the sodalite, one of the prongs caused the stone to chip yet the piece is almost all there, safely kept in place by the prong and stable; this is barely visible when you have the ring on (you don’t really notice unless you know it’s there) and does not distract from the ring’s beauty (you can see it here thanks to the macro lens in the first photo at 12:00 o’ clock) but I have taken it into account in my pricing
SOLD – Thank you!