Manuel Altamirano Mexican silver “armadillo” Necklace with black velvet ribbon

on Mar 24, 2019 in archived

One of the legendary designs in the index of vintage Mexican silver jewelry, the “armadillo” can be found with both Hector Aguilar’s signature and that of Manuel Altamirano’s. It has been emulated by other maestros, less-celebrated and anonymous, yet the two names associated with it are definitely the first two even though it was Valentin Vidauretta who created it. The “armadillo” necklace can be found in all silver with graduated links going all around the neck; in a combination of links and silver chain; or, like in the example at hand, with black velvet ribbon used to connect the links station with the sterling clasp on the back. The velvet version is my favorite – it seems to bestow a classy Victorian “naughtiness” to the necklace, if such a combination is even possible…

PS: The matching cuff bracelet and belt buckle are also available and will be listed shortly –
if you don’t see them, please inquire!

Size/Weight: 17 7/8″ long (wearable); links station is 8 7/8″ long with its width varying between 1 3/8″ and 1″; 59.0 grams

Hallmarks / Date: marked with maker’s signature as shown as well as “925” and “TAXCO MEX”; pre-1948

Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, easy and comfortable to wear, with its ribbon in great shape as well and no damage or repairs noted


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