Los Castillo Mexican silver onix negro Pin Brooch

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One of the demanding techniques the Los Castillo workshop is credited with, onix negro (black onyx) was introduced by them in the world of Taxco silver-smithing in the early 1950s and it has resulted in some amazing pieces of jewelry. Set within a carefully carved piece of flat-cut black onyx, the silver elements of a design are then ground down to match the stone surface in a seamless, perfect plane. The technique was picked up and experimented with by a few other Taxco maestros and it was also at times simplified to an extent that rendered it unrecognizable yet here we see it at its truest, most demanding form. But then again, one wouldn’t expect anything less from the Los Castillo…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ tall (including the cascabeles) by 1 3/4″ wide; 33.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with the workshop’s name as well as “HECHO EN...

Casa Prieto Mexican silver and agate Pin Brooch ~ leaf and berry repousse

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Based on Avenida Juarez in Mexico City, Casa Prieto is one of those talleres that we don’t know much about but their jewelry, early and bold, can be stunning. The brooch at hand, big and beautifully crafted in a leaf-and-berry design, is perfect for the winter when bulky clothing requires equally impressive accessories…   Size/Weight: 4  1/8″ by 1  7/8″; 30.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed in early raised letters with partial maker’s name as well as “AVE JUAREZ 40” and “MEXICO D.F.”; tests as silver and is guaranteed to be of sterling quality; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with eye-catching size, bold repoussage, a nice polished agate cab and great patina.   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...