Presenting a large beautifully rendered Chrysocolla Sterling Silver pendant with heavy 950 Silver chain by renowned Silversmith Sigi Pineda circa 1950s.
This substantial pendant and chain by Sigi Pineda features a bezel set pyramid cut 35mm x 29mm x 11mm Chrysocolla gemstone set in Sterling Silver accented with a applied twisted ribbon design. The curb chain is made in 925 Silver and is a very heavy gage. The pendant measures 2" x 1.625" x .5” and weighs 30 grams. The chain measures 23.5" x .2" x .125" and weighs 41 grams. The chain closes securely with a roll over safety clasp. The total weight of the necklace is 71 grams.
This pendant and chain are in excellent vintage condition with no blemishes, chips or repairs. It is visibly hallmarked with an Eagle 2 for 925 Sterling Silver Pineda with Plateros, the earliest hallmark for Silversmith Sigi Pineda’s silver workshop. The chain is hallmarked 925 Silver. JSP testing solution was used to verify the metal content. A Presidium Gem tester was used to verify all gemstones. JSP testing solution is used to verify precious metals. This item was microscopically examined. The stones were acetone tested for color fastness.
This item can be dated from 1948 through 1955 because it is hallmarked with the Eagle hallmark with head turned to right (post-1948 - 1955) for Mexico’s Silver standard .925 or higher. After 1955 until 1979 an Eagle with head forward was used as the standard hallmark. After 1979 a letter and number system was used for the standard.
Sigifredo “Sigi” Pineda was born in Taxco, Mexico in 1929. At the age of 10 he began a apprenticeship in a small silversmith shop. Throughout his teens he traveled throughout Mexico, apprenticing at multiple silver workshops acquiring skills and experience. He spent 3 years working for Los Castillio and 4 years working with silver and enameling for Margot de Taxco. In 1952 at the age of 23 he opened his own independent silver workshop named Plateros, later it was renamed Sigi. He did this in order to create his own original modernist designs, which he is still producing today.
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