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Maricela Isidro Pina Mexican 950 silver story telling Bracelet

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Early Taxco Deco “story-telling” bracelet bearing Isidro Pina’s “Maricela” signature this is a classic example of the genre which seems to have been very popular with visitors to Mexico in the 1930s and ’40s. Mexican “story-telling” jewelry is usually comprised of figural panels, most often than not wrought in overlay, each one featuring an iconic plant or animal as well as stereotypical representations of local every day life. Made by both anonymous and well known designers like Victoria, Damaso Gallegos and, as in our case, Isidro Pina, “story-telling” jewelry can be found in a variety of materials and qualities. Made out of high purity, .950 silver alloy, this Maricela example has all the bells and whistles that make Pina’s creations sought after by collectors. Thick silver sheet forms each panel, the figural overlays...

Maricela Mexican silver hibiscus Necklace ~ Isidro Pina Taxco floral design

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Exhibiting the superlative craftsmanship and attention to detail maestro Isidro Garcia Pina’s jewelry is known and collected for, a vintage Maricela Mexican silver necklace whose floral links remind me of hibiscus blossoms. Pina is associated with Taxco naturalism and his rendition of flowers and foliage is en par with similar Scandinavian pieces. I love the fleshiness of the links, the way the petals curl and the deep chasing for the veins that makes them look almost true to life…   Size/Weight: 16  3/4″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 17  1/4″) by 1  1/8″ wide; 67.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with the line’s name as well as “STERLING” and “925 Tasco”; possibly a badly stamped Eagle mark there as well but too difficult to tell; 1940s-50s Condition: excellent...