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Los Castillo pluma Azteca Mexican Pin Brooch ~ Quetzalcoatl

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Silver-plated as is the case with most of the Los Castillo “pluma Azteca” jewelry, holloware and decorative objects this big brooch depicts Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent of the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica. Big, bold and beautiful, the creature poses confidently, well aware of its awe-inspiring, divine presence. The feathers are here open-faced yet protected on the back by the piece’s frame. They are intact and their colors still vibrant but for the white residue of old cleaning liquid that a previous owner used to polish the brooch…   Size / Weight: 2  3/4″ long by 1  1/2″ tall; 18.9 grams (for reference only since there is no precious metal here) Hallmarks / Date: “LOS CASTILLO TAXCO”, “PLUMA AZTECA”, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and des. no 1 or 7 (?); I would suggest pre-1948 based on the low design no...

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...

rare Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Quetzalcoatl Clamper Bracelet

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One of the rarest, in my experience, bracelets by Margot de Taxco out of her, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, hand-hammered and oxidized line of jewelry, the Quetzalcoatl mirrored on this clamper’s opposing wings is fierce and awe-inspiring. Monumental in its presence, the bracelet is an ode to Mexico’s rich cultural history and definitely not a piece for the … faint-of-heart. I am thrilled I was lucky enough to find it and am more than proud to be presenting it here…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference; width between 2 1/4″ and 1 1/8″; 106.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Margot’s signature as well as Eagle 16 assay mark and des. no 5598; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage exhibiting all the qualities that Margot jewelry is loved and sought after for, with great patina, its oxidation in very good...

modernist Miguel Melendez Mexican silver Quetzalcoatl Necklace

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A minimalist interpretation of a classic pre-Colombian motif, the mirrored Quetzalcoatl that holds center stage in this Mexican silver necklace by Miguel Melendez relies on layering, oxidation and the unexpected tad of color added by the turquoise cabochons to convey the ferocious power of the divine Feathered Serpent. I consider Miguel one of the most creative modernists in Taxco’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance despite the fact that his name does not figure among his most celebrated contemporary maestros. Melendez’s originality is not vociferous neither attention-craving but one can count to always find it in his jewelry, revealing itself little by little, as the eye progresses beyond the first glance to search deeper for design acumen and craftsmanship…   Size/Weight: 16″ long (wearable); mirrored Quetzalcoatl station is 7 1/4″ long by approx....