modernist Miguel Melendez Mexican silver Quetzalcoatl Necklace

on May 5, 2019 in archived

A minimalist interpretation of a classic pre-Colombian motif, the mirrored Quetzalcoatl that holds center stage in this Mexican silver necklace by Miguel Melendez relies on layering, oxidation and the unexpected tad of color added by the turquoise cabochons to convey the ferocious power of the divine Feathered Serpent. I consider Miguel one of the most creative modernists in Taxco’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance despite the fact that his name does not figure among his most celebrated contemporary maestros. Melendez’s originality is not vociferous neither attention-craving but one can count to always find it in his jewelry, revealing itself little by little, as the eye progresses beyond the first glance to search deeper for design acumen and craftsmanship…


Size/Weight: 16″ long (wearable); mirrored Quetzalcoatl station is 7 1/4″ long by approx. 3/4″ at its widest; 39.0 grams

Hallmarks / Date: Melendez’s initial “m” in script though partially stamped as well as “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING”; pre-1948

Condition: excellent vintage with warmly glowing patina, its oxidation in very good shape, a pleasure to wear, with no damage or repairs noted


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