We are pleased to offer this vintage rare piece of Salvador Teran jewelry in this amazing brooch of 22K gold plate with faux lapis ceramic background and dangles featuring a bird of prey's head. We originally thought an owl, but given the foreboding symbolism of the bird in Mexican folklore, perhaps it is an eagle or hawk head. Made for Marbel circa 1960, the back is marked 'Marbel S A Mexico Salvador 11/1'.
Size: 1 3/4 inches wide by 1 7/8 inches long Condition: No damage to the ceramics, no plate wear
Salvador Teran started out in the 1930s working for William Spratling. In 1939, he joined his cousins at Los Castillo as a designer. In 1952, he started his own shop in Mexico City and also designed costume jewelry for the Mexican department store Marbel. One of the most popular items in this line were gold-plated necklaces, bracelets and earrings set with ceramic Aztec-style faces.