This is a modernist pair of earrings from the firm of Casa Maya of Mexico, Circa 1950. The earrings are unmarked, but are a well known design of this company, and were purchased together with several other Casa Maya jewelry pieces at a reputable estate auction, which pieces are also being listed today.
Many of these modernistic whimsical style motifs were created by a famous American designer who studied in Paris, lived in Taxco Mexico for several years in the 1940's, and who’s original jewelry pieces, created at that time, are almost impossible to find today. Casa Maya , a prestigious Mexican jewelry firm, copied many of these designs during the 1950's to cater to the burgeoning Mexican tourist market, and these ‘copied’ pieces have become fairly rare in their own right, and are highly sought after today.
They are called Sputnik or Naval Mine and are a ball with protruding spikes. They have a combination screw/clip back which are very comfortable and wearable. Note all of the spikes are present on the earrings. (The listing pictures may show some circular shadows on the earrings, which are just reflections of our ceiling fixture.) The earrings have a length of 1 1/4" and are in good vintage condition. They weigh 17.2 grams.
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Mexican Mixed Metal Sputnik or Naval Mine Earrings Casa Maya Circa 1950 Brutalist