Salvador Teran Mexican silver bi-color quartz figural Pin Pendant Necklace

on Dec 8, 2018 in archived

I am thrilled to present here a difficult to find Salvador Teran modernist pin / pendant necklace! Teran is my favorite among the Taxco modernists. His design acumen is superb and his way of re-interpreting ancient Aztec and Maya motifs within a boldly modernist context is truly magical. The “crouching man” – that’s what I like to call this specific creation – can be found hugging a variety of stones. I have never seen it with this banded, bi-color quartz (or agate?) before. I find the transition from light almond white to a powdery blue fascinating and I also appreciate the piece’s double function since you can disengage the pendant from the chain and enjoy it as a brooch as well. And even though the chain that it comes with is not a Teran chain, it is Mexican as well, hefty and absolutely perfect in this marriage…


Size/Weight: pin / pendant is 2 1/8″ square (without the bail) and adds a 2 7/8″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 17 1/4″ long (wearable)by 3/16″ wide; 48.2 grams (for the set)

Hallmarks / Date: pendant is hallmarked with Teran’s signature in script as well as “STERLING MEXICO”, des. no 123 and bears Eagle 36 assay mark; chain is marked “925 MEXICO”; 1950s-60s for pendant while the chain could be either pre-1948 or post-1980

Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, no damage or repairs noted and masterfully made like all Teran pieces; the specific combination of stone and silver is rare to find and the chain that accompanies the pendant is substantial and a perfect match for it


SOLD – Thank you!

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