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Los Castillo onix negro Mexican silver Bracelet

on Mar 12, 2020 in archived

Demanding and difficult, onix negro (black onyx) is a technique by which the classic art of stone inlay is reversed; instead of setting stone within a silver frame, it is now silver shapes that are placed in a flat piece of black onyx. Devised by the Los Castillo at the beginning of the 1950s, onix negro was practiced by a few other maestros as well with results that are definitely different and can be quite impressive. I believe the bracelet presented here, in a modernist interpretation of an ancient Aztec or Maya motif, is a beautiful example. Coupled with dark oxidation that lends depth and dimension to the four narrower links at the back, the stone is smooth and its unpolished finish makes it look like wood from an ages-old petrified forest…

 

Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable); width between 1 1/4″ at center front and 3/8″ at its narrowest, next to the clasp; 47.0 grams

Hallmarks / Date: taller’s signature as shown as well as “ONIX NEGRO”, des. no 92 and Eagle 15 assay mark; 1950s

Condition: excellent vintage with tightly set sterling motifs within the smooth, unblemished onyx, having fantastic patina, an eye-catching neo-Aztec design and no damage nor any repairs noted

Inv.#15022

 

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