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...