Miguel Melendez Mexican silver blue spinel mod Necklace ~ Taxco ribbon wave

on Mar 8, 2020 in archived

An undulating sterling ribbon set with a big, deep aqua blue spinel forms the central station of this Miguel Melendez Mexican silver modernist necklace. During his long career maestro Melendez worked for Spratling, the Los Castillo and Margot de Taxco, for the latter as her workshop manager. In my opinion one of the most talented Taxco modernists, Miguel Melendez is at his best when he creates free-flowing, almost ethereal jewelry adorned with open-back faceted gemstones. The necklace at hand I have had in the past in its amethyst version but I love the intense color of the spinel here – perfect for the warm summer nights by the sea…


Size/Weight: 17 3/4″ long (wearable); central station is 3 3/8″ wide with a drop of 1 3/8″; 38.3 grams

Hallmarks / Date: Miguel’s initial “m” in script as well as “TAXCO”, “STERLING” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s

Condition: excellent vintage with a stunning, brilliant gemstone, eye-catching yet easy to wear whatever the occasion, with great patina (I have buffed a little but you might want to do one more pass), with no damage and no repairs noted




SOLD – Thank you!

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