A spectacular Taxco necklace by Roman Chavarrieta...it's made of solid 950 silver (higher than 925 sterling grade) It's handcrafted in a classic pre-Columbian design that looks like two bird heads. Very Modernist.
The necklace measures 15 1/2 inches around....lays like a collar. It's 1 inch wide. It weighs 109 grams.
The back is hallmarked with the Eagle 3 and the silversmith's R.CH 950 - TAXCO MEX.
The high level of workmanship can be seen on every link and dangle. Precision and detail like this doesn't turn up very often. The high-grade 950 silver was used for pieces deemed 'important'.
We couldn't decide whether to polish or not so we left patina as found with natural age tarnish. Some prefer that so we leave it to buyer. Necklace is in excellent condition with no notable wear.
RCH is listed in the Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks by Bille Hougart.
R.CH - Roman Chavarrieta was a primary silversmith who worked for one of the most sought after Taxco designers...Emma Melendez. She was the niece of the great silversmith Rafael Melendez. Emma opened her Taxco Mexico shop in 1953 and hired her first silversmith in 1954 to help her create her own designs. Many other silversmiths were hired to work for Emma throughout the years and Chavarrieta was one of her star smiths. Emma Melendez was active as a designer between 1953-1971 and produced quality Mexican jewelry and accessories, highly sought after today.
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