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long Pedro Castillo Mexican modernist fish bone dangle Earrings

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There is minimalism and then there is … bare bones minimalism – in our case, bare fish bones! Very popular around the middle of the 20th c., fish skeleton jewelry were created by many Taxco maestros, from the “big name” designers to the “less celebrated” ones and by anonymous silversmiths as well. Yet with this set of dangle earrings Pedro Castillo pushed abstraction to its outer limits. There is nothing here that resembles a fish head; nothing that resembles a tail and still, it only takes one look to recognize a fish skeleton. I call that design fluency…   Size/Weight: 2 5/16″ long by 3/4″ wide; 11.4 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: Pedro Castillo’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “MADE IN MEXICO TAXCO” and “STERLING”; ca 1950 Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, strong,...

rare 28.5″ Pedro Castillo Mexican silver Chain Necklace ~ heavy hourglass links

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Mexican silver chain necklaces bearing the signature of Pedro Castillo are not easy to come upon and in all my years of dealing in Taxco jewelry, I have never seen this specific design before. I don’t even know how to describe the architectural links that make it up – they look to me like hourglasses wrought in sterling with their tops and bottoms removed, held together with sturdy oval connectors made of thick silver wire. This is one of those necklaces that one never tires of, its construction quite impressive, its geometry intense, its weight a welcome, intimate “burden” around the neck. Made by Pedro for Tono some time around the middle of the 20th c., it is a dedicated collector’s dream-come-true…   Size/Weight: 28 1/2″ long by 5/16″ wide; 63.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials “PC” as shown as...

sleek Pedro Castillo Mexican silver Bracelet ~ layered Taxco modernist design

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Vintage Pedro Castillo sterling Taxco bracelet in a layered modernist design showcasing the impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail and finishing his jewelry is known and collected for. A talented member of the famous Los Castillo family he worked for both Spratling and Hector Aguilar and in the 1940s opened his own taller.  Carefully cut out motifs, oxidation and wonderful patina, an eye-catching, masterfully executed design – what is there more to desire?   Size/Weight: 7″ long (wearable) by 1  5/8″ wide; 64.0 grams. Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Pedro Castillo’s signature (albeit double-stamped) alongside des. no 126; early 1940s Condition: excellent vintage, very impressive to look at, comfortable to wear and having no damage or repairs   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Pedro Castillo Mexican silver by pass Ring stunning Acorn repousse and oxidation

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Vintage Taxco silver by pass ring bearing the signature of Pedro Castillo, a member of the renowned family of silversmiths and designers who worked for Spratling and was a maestro at Aguilar’s Taller Borda. In 1940 Pedro opened his own workshop and is mostly known for his high quality flatware yet his jewelry, though they do not surface very often, is worth looking for. Impressive size and intricate as well as carefully executed design elevate this by pass ring to the level of miniature masterpiece. Simply amazing…   Size/Weight: sz 6 (yet adjustable upwards); face is 1  1/2″ tall by approx. 3/4″ wide; 7.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “PC” as well as “”STERLING TAXCO 925”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, very impressive visually and no flaws noted     SOLD – Thank you!...