Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering an early sterling silver necklace by Los Ballesteros c. 1942. This hand made piece features 10 open ovals. Each section has a "saddlebag" look with added oxidation. The loops are "puffy" and rolled to add drama. At the top of each oval are 5 wire wrapped baroque style black pearls with a green body color. Each oval is connected with loops on the reverse. The necklace is finished with a sterling link chain and spring ring closure. The necklace is 18" long. The reverse is marked "Ballesteros" + "Sterling" + "Hand Made" + "Taxco". The piece weighs 41.5 grams.
Los Ballesteros was founded about 1937 by J. M. Ballesteros in Iguala, Guerrerro Mexico. They moved to Taxco, Guerrero in 1941. Their original pieces featured filigree work jewelry typical of Iguala. When they moved to Taxco, the style of jewelry was more in line with the styles being offered by William Spratling, Los Castillo, and others. Originally, Los Ballesteros jewelry was made by individuals in homes or small shops. The small jewelers were provided with tools and materials. This piece is a unique, handmade piece produced around 1942.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
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. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
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Luscious Los Ballesteros Hand Made Necklace c. 1942
$170 SALE PENDING
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