A modernist sunburst created by combining shadowbox and cut-outs that surround a big, beautiful faceted pale lemon-colored gemstone is the theme of the vintage Los Ballesteros Mexican mid-century pendant necklace at hand. This early Taxco workshop never ceases to amaze me with their stunning, bold designs and their originality even after all these years of buying, selling and studying vintage Mexican jewelry. Their pendants and glorified hinged “bangle” bracelets are, I believe, their most inspired work – carefully crafted using high quality gemstones (in our case a citrine as indicated by my gem-tester), silver with generous thickness and meticulously finished. The chain in the set is of the same period and extraction yet signed by a different maker, listed but still unidentified. I think the two were meant to be together…
Size/Weight: pendant is 2 1/2″ in diameter (without the bail) and adds a 3 1/8″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 27 7/8″ long; 53.1 grams (for the pair; pendant alone is 38.9 grams)
Hallmarks / Date: taller’s signature as shown on pendant alongside Eagle 47 assay mark and “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING 925”; chain is marked with maker’s initials “MMS” (though partial) as well as Eagle 3 assay mark and “925”; 1950s-70s
Condition: excellent vintage with a stunning gemstone, great craftsmanship and a beautiful design; the patina is what you want to see in a pendant necklace of this period and there is no damage or any repairs noted except for a very light, small abrasion in the gemstone that is not visible when you have it on and quite difficult to spot unless you lay the pendant flat under a source of strong light
ON HOLD – please inquire!