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Francisco Rivera Mexican silver and amethyst Bracelet ~ sculptural foliate design

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One of the Taxco maestros that sprang out of Spratling’s Las Delicias, Francisco Rivera came into my life a little later than some of his more famous contemporaries yet the minute I realized who he was and what kind of jewelry he made, I fell in love! He is a designer/silversmith who almost flies under the radar – no big bands, no confetti in the air, no crowds around him. But believe me when I say, his work is en par with the best of them out there in quality of materials, in craftsmanship and attention to finishing and more often than not in inspired design. The leaf and amethyst bud bracelet at hand beckons you to run your fingers over its links as it glistens with warm patina. The stones are saturated in color and full of interesting inclusions; the silver heavy, deeply chased and cleverly oxidized…   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable; when clasped, it...

Francisco Rivera Mexican silver Necklace, skonvirke style chain of buds

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Good design does not need too many elements to stand out – and the Francisco Rivera Mexican silver necklace presented here illustrates the point in the best possible way. Rivera ranks high in my list of favorite Taxco maestros; he learned the ropes of designing and working with silver at Spratling’s Las Delicias before he started producing pieces under his own name or in collaboration with Emma. His creations can be striking not only because of the level of craftsmanship and the well-thought out design but also because he used the best materials available and preferred heavy gauge silver for his jewelry. In the case of our necklace, however, which is crafted en repoussage, the silver is lighter than his usual choice yet so perfectly worked that one cannot stop admiring it. I think the young bud links, the flowers within them just stirring with life, are very reminiscent of...

Francisco Rivera Mexican long silver dangle Earrings

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Vintage Mexican silver long earrings bearing the signature of accomplished Taxco maestro Francisco Rivera, this set is inspired by ancient motifs as is much of Rivera’s “archeological period” jewelry. We don’t really know much about maestro Rivera yet his work is of the highest quality and his designs are quite often truly inspired and original. Here he employs motifs that were also used by Spratling to create a magical pair of earrings, cleverly articulated, with seamless overlay, dramatic oxidation and a playful little spherical dangle to add airiness to the design…   Size/Weight: 2  3/8″ long by just shy of 1  1/2″ wide; 25.2 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING TAXO”, Eagle 3 assay mark and des. no 143; 1950s Condition: excellent vintage,...

stunning Rivera for Emma Mexican silver and alexandrite Bracelet

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Matching the necklace in the same design that is also available on my site (you actually see the demi together in one of the photos), a vintage Francisco Rivera for Emma Melendez sterling silver bracelet with color-change sapphires that are habitually referred to as alexandrites in Taxco jewelry. This must be a very rare design – in all my years of searching for vintage Mexican pieces, I have never seen it come up before. And it is one of Rivera’s masterpieces – with stunning stones, thick, perfectly patina-ed silver, immaculate finishing and so comfortable to wear, it feels like an extension of your body…   Size/Weight: 7  3/4″ long (wearable); width between 1  11/16″ in the front and just shy of 1″ at the clasp; 84.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials “FR” as well as “EMMA”, “STERLING...

Rivera for Emma Mexican silver and alexandrite Necklace ~ a Taxco beauty

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  Divine Francisco Rivera for Emma Melendez sterling silver necklace adorned with simulated alexandrite (color-change corundum) in a modernist floral sprig design that I have never seen before. This is an exceptionally well-made piece – the silver is thick, deeply chased and glows with the warmth of well aged sterling; the stones are stunning, changing their color from a deep amethyst to steely purple when the light hits them, and the craftsmanship is unsurpassable. Rivera at one of his ingenious moments…   Size/Weight: 16  3/4″ long (wearable); floral spray link is 2  1/4″ wide by 2  1/8″ tall; width at the chain is 7/16″; 93.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials “FR” as shown as well as “EMMA”, “STERLING TAXCO” and a partially stamped Eagle 3 assay mark; also des. no 717; 1950s-60s...