Taxco Mexican jewelry designer Bernice I. Goodspeed, was an American who traveled to Mexico City in the 1930s to study the native culture and arts. She loved it and stayed, moving to Taxco during the emergence of Mexico's silver artistry. Her work is rare and considered to be above and beyond the 'usual'.
This butterfly pin by Goodspeed is an early piece handwrought in 925 sterling silver. The butterfly is inlaid with crushed Lazurite in pale blue with white speckles.
The pin measures 1 3/4 by 1 1/8 inches. The back is marked with Goodspeed's hallmarks...TAXCO MEXICO around the letter ~B~, the Eagle 3 mark, and STERLING 925. The back has a secure rollover clasp. The pin has not been polished and retains its original patina. The crushed blue gemstone retains its natural nuanced texture. The pin is in excellent condition. Goodspeed's work is rare and highly collectible. She's listed in Hougart's 'The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks'.
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