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Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse figural Pin Brooch ~ Thai goddess

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

Serene in her deep meditative state, this vintage Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse “goddess” brooch is undoubtedly inspired by the Los Castillo / Margot de Taxco “Thai dancers” parure. Though the necklace and bracelet of that design do come up from time to time, I have never seen a full-blown pin and I am excited for this discovery. Meticulously worked, the repoussage is detailed and crisp with the oxidation that has developed in the recesses rendering it more sculptural. To my eyes, the figure looks androgynous, quietly eschewing the divide between male and female, and it glows with the patina of a well-loved, well-taken-care-of yet still enjoyed piece of jewelry…   Size / Weight: 3″ tall by 1 3/8″ wide; 19.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with maker’s name as shown as well as “STERLING TAXCO” and Eagle 26...

ornate Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse Ring

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

Ornate and beautifully made, with a fantastic patina that makes the juxtaposition between the darkened recesses of the design and the glowing raised surfaces even more dramatic, this ornate and difficult-to-find Mexican silver ring is signed by Gerardo Lopez. I consider Lopez one of Taxco’s foremost maestros in the art of repoussage and the ring at hand is, I believe, a telling example. I will let the photos continue the story…   Size / Weight: sz 4.75 US (easily re-sizable by a jeweler); face is just above 1″ N-S and 7/8″ E-W; 8.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as well as “STERLING TAXCO” and Eagle 26 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, a rare-to-find design and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#15115 Offered at $195.00 Contact us about this...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver “mixed metals” figural Pin Brooch

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Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite Taxco maestros. I believe his talent and workmanship to have been of the same caliber as that of his more famous contemporaries and I am always on the look out for his jewelry. Based on his work, I believe that he must have worked for at least the Los Castillo and/or Margot de Taxco and his prowess in the art of repoussage supports the hypothesis. But he didn’t limit himself to the more “straightforward” kind of silversmithing – I have had enameled pieces by him in the past and today, I am presenting a fantastic “metales casados” (mixed metals) brooch. Just look at this treasure: on the back, it looks as clean and stunning as in the front! This is one of the “cleanest”, neatest, most seamless examples of this difficult technique I have ever seen. I will leave the rest to the photos…  ...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver Aztec glyphs Necklace

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Inspired by ancient Aztec and Maya glyphs and stamps this Mexican silver necklace by Gerardo Lopez combines figural overlay with niello to create an eye-catching example of Taxco’s “archeological” style. Birds of prey, warriors, the divine monkey Ozomahtli and, of course, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, are represented in the trapezoid links, the actual figures glistening against the sterling backdrop’s metallic black. A great example of Gerardo’s attention to detail and uncompromising craftsmanship…   Size/Weight: 15 1/4″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 91.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING .925” and “TAXCO” alongside Eagle 26 assay mark; the safety chain that comes with the necklace is sterling as well except for the spring ring that must be a...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse Bracelet ~ double Taxco fern fronds

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If you follow “One Good Eye Silver”, chances are you know by now that Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite Taxco maestros. Like the sterling silver bracelet at hand, many of his jewelry is based on Margot de Taxco and / or Los Castillo designs so I am thinking that he probably worked for either one or even both of those workshops. His mastery over the art of repoussage, his attention to detail and his impeccable finishing lend to his creations an aura that is comparable to that of the jewelry by his more famous contemporaries. I like to refer to this piece as the “double fern frond” bracelet and if I am not mistaken, it is based on a Margot original that does not come up very often. Generously wide yet not overwhelming, it is elegant, different and a pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable) by 1 5/8″ wide; 41.9 grams...