Yes, it's got some dings and that all around 'self-hammered' look but don't dismiss this amazing Mexican TANE sterling silver ring just yet. It's so very unique and so Modernist that it falls into the category of 'mathematical geometrics'.
In geometry, they might call this ring a polyhedron...which is a three-dimensional solid which consists of a collection of polygons, usually joined at their edges. The word derives from the Greek poly (many) plus the Indo-European hedron (seat). The ring has 16 sides which is called a 'hexadecagon'. This ring is round in the center (like your finger), it's a curved square at the edges, and around the center its shapes are triangles and pyramids. Are you confused yet? We are...we weren't too great at Math.
Just look at it and you can see it's different. Made by TANE, a prominent silver house in Mexico City since the early 1950s, the ring is hallmarked TANE - ME-32 (the registration mark of the silversmith who made it who was obviously great at math) - MEX 925.
The ring is marked '5' for the size but it's 5.5 on our two different ring measurers. It weighs 10.9 grams (hefty for its size).
In the book 'The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks' by Bille Hougart, the mention of TANE includes this 1962 comment from John Wilhelm's Guide to Mexico City ... 'For modern silver, this (Tane) has become the silver shop favored by those who know Mexico City best. Fine work - New designs.'
Ring is in very good vintage condition.
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Mexican TANE Sterling Silver Ring - A Geometric Marvel ME 32
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