Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver link bracelet by Los Ballesteros of Taxco and Iguala, Guerrero Mexico circa 1955. The bracelet features an interesting design of "C" shapes facing one another and hinged in the center to be flexible. Each "C" is topped by an open curlicue. There are 18 individual plaques each with 2 of the "C" shapes. Each cartouche is 3/8" wide X 1/2" tall. The bracelet can accommodate a 7-1/4" wrist. It has a fixed safety chain which opens an additional 3". There is a hidden box style closure. It weighs 42.4 grams. It has the Los Ballesteros "BB" mark + "Talleres de Ballesteros" + "Taxco Gro" + "Hecho en Mexico" + "Sterling" + "925". There is an Eagle mark 12.
Los Ballesteros was established in 1937 by Jalil Majul Ballesteros in Iguala, Guerrero Mexico. He came from a long line of jewelry makers. His early manufacturing style used filigree; however, around 1941, the shop was moved to Taxco, Guerrero. After this move, Jalil began making pieces which were more in line with the local styles designed for the tourist trade. In the 1950s, Los Ballesteros' pieces were produced by smaller family workshops in the Taxco area with Los Ballesteros supplying the designs, materials and tools. The pieces were marked "Talleres de los Ballesteros". After the mid 1960's, the jewelry was no longer produced by family workshops. The company continues to produce items today.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling" + "925" for sterling silver (925/1000 parts silver).
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect, nor should it be. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
Dashing Los Ballesteros Bracelet c. 1955