Miguel Melendez Mexican silver Necklace ~ Taxco modernist alexandrites cluster

on Jul 18, 2018 in archived

Classically elegant with its free-flowing, minimalist mod lines this necklace showcases the expertise that Miguel Melendez acquired during the long years he spent working for Spratling, the Los Castillo family and Margot de Taxco, whose taller he ended up managing. Made of sterling silver adorned with faceted simulated alexandrites (in fact, color-change corundum) the necklace is a veritable eye-catcher. The stones are big, open-backed and hand-prong set. They mimic natural alexandrites in that they change color under different light conditions – traveling from an almost burgundy amethyst to steely purple. Fantastic design and impeccable execution…


Size/Weight: very comfortable 15″ long (wearable; could even be 15 1/4″ or 15 1/2″ due to the dip just above the triple dangle); dangle station itself is 1 1/2″ wide and adds a 2 3/8″ drop to the necklace; 40.1 grams

Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s initial in script as shown as well as “TAXCO” and a partially stamped “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING”; no Eagle mark, which dates it in the pre-1948 period

Condition: very good vintage with great patina, sheer modernist appeal that speaks to you with flowing lines and the sparkle of its generously sized gemstones, no repairs, just a tiny little ding in one of the tubular links of the chain (third up on the right as you look at the necklace); not readily detectable and not offensive in the slightest



SOLD – Thank you!

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