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Erika Hult de Corral Ric Mexican modernist silver chrysoprase Pin Brooch

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Sterling silver and chrysoprase are combined in this 1960s-70s Erika Hult de Corral Taxco modernist brooch. Ric, as the designer signed her jewelry, studied at the Parson’s School of Design in Paris and in Mexico she worked with both Sigi Pineda and Enrique Ledesma before she opened her own workshop. In the piece at hand, she discretely juxtaposes two finishes in the silver frame, polished and brushed, with the vibrant green of the stone. Careful execution, simple yet strong lines and a sense of unimpeded motion, all characteristics of de Corral’s work, are more than evident here as well…   Size / Weight: 2  3/8″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide;24.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: “Ric” in script as well as “TAXCO SA”, “925”, des. no 68 and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with a beautifully colored stone, an...

Erika Hult de Corral Ric Mexican silver obsidian Pin Brooch

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A brooch that unabashedly lures the eye and invites the touch this sterling silver and golden sheen obsidian treasure bears the signature of Erika Hult de Corral, one of the few female designers of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance that we know of and definitely the only modernist. de Corral’s work can be truly inspired – and she has a way with silver and stones that makes the materials simply flow into each other effortlessly, as if they were always meant to be together. Just look at how the sterling frame hugs the golden sheen obsidian – tenderly, not even touching but still enveloping it in its warm glow…   Size / Weight: 3″ tall by 1 1/4″ wide; 16.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: “Ric” in script as well as “TAXCO”, “925”, des. no 65 and Eagle 1 assay mark; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with a...

long Erika Hult de Corral Ric Mexican silver and stone Necklace

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Generously long and definitely mod, this Erika Hult de Corral necklace is a minimalist little treasure! Not only does it wear like a dream – for me it is the epitome of “less-is-more”, except for the luscious greens that make the polished stone centering it a treat for the eye. This is a pre-1980 example of her work and quite versatile since you can easily wear it with that classy black dress or have it casually adorn your favorite worn T-shirt…   Size / Weight: 21 1/2″ long; width between 1″ at center front and 1/4″ at its narrowest, on either side of the clasp; 60.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with de Corral’s signature as shown as well as “TAXCO” and des. no 310; on the back of the clasp’s box there is also an Eagle 3 assay mark (I apologize for having failed to photograph it but it’s there); 1960s-70s...

Erika Hult de Corral Ric Mexican silver modernist Bracelet

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Perfect for medium to smaller wrists, this modernist Erika Hult de Corral bracelet was made in Taxco in the 1960s-70s. One of the few female contributors to Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance that we know of, de Corral studied at the Parson’s School of Design in Paris. An award-winning designer, she worked with Sigi Pineda and Enrique Ledesma before opening her own workshop. Always within the scope of modernism, her jewelry is impeccably crafted, with high quality materials and when they don’t flirt with brutalism, they impart a strong sense of liquid, unimpeded movement. I would put the bracelet at hand in that second category and add tactile scrulpturality and an eye-catching splash of warm color in the striated brown agate…   Size/Weight: nner circumference of 6 1/2″ (clasped); width between 7/8″ and 1/2″; 64.0 grams Hallmarks / Date:...

Erika Hult de Corral Ric Mexican silver modernist Bracelet with tiger’s eye

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One of the few female designers we know of in Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance and a gifted modernist at that, Erika Hult de Corral created jewelry that attracts the eye and captures one’s imagination. I am particularly fond of her “moonscape” designs that touch upon biomorphic brutalism, if you allow me the combination, yet the sense of unimpeded, fluid motion and the abstraction present in this particular bracelet reflect, in my opinion, one of her best moments. The wide looping sterling ribbon forming each link creates shadows that lend depth to the silver-work while the molten gold, brown and caramel hues in the tiger’s eye teardrops make the metal glisten as it reflects them…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ long (wearable) by 1 3/4″ wide; 71.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with de Corral’s “Ric” signature in script...