Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950

Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver mid-century modern Mosaico Azteca demi-parure by Los Castillo of Taxco Mexico circa 1950-1965. The set includes a necklace and a pair of earrings. The inlaid azurite and malachite leaves are edged with raised silver decoration. The necklace is fashioned as leaves touching tip to tip with a circular "limb". They are connected by solid flat rings attached at the "limb". The earrings feature a single inlaid leaf with a circular "limb" at the bottom. The set is Los Castillo design #113. The necklace has 14 individual leaves and is 15" long X 1/2" wide (maximum dimensions). This piece has a tongue and groove closure and weighs 52.2 grams. The back is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + "Hecho in Mexico" + "Mosaico Azteca" + "113" + Eagle mark 15. The earrings are 1-1/2" long X 3/4" wide (maximum dimensions). They have screw backs. One back is marked "Hecho en Mexico" (under the screw back) + "Mosaico Azteca" + "Silver" + the Eagle mark 15. The second earring is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + "113" (under the screw back). The two earrings weigh 8.8 grams.

The Los Castillo workshop was founded in Taxco Mexico in 1939 by the Castillo brothers, Antonio, Coco and Chato, along with Antonio's wife Margot van Voorhies Carr (Margot de Taxco), and their cousin Salvador Teran. The brothers worked for William Spratling during the 1930's. Los Castillo is still in business and is the longest continuously operating silversmith in Taxco. Design and craftsmanship has always been a hallmark of the workshop. The Mosaico Azteca line was started about 1950 and continued through 1965. The procedures to make these pieces were adapted from Aztec techniques. It is created from a silver base with raised contours outlining the piece and inlaying pieces of stone. Since this technique requires a precise and expert craftsman and because the stone inlay is relatively thin and brittle before setting, it was expensive and time consuming to produce. The silver edging protects the pieces from damage.

The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. 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 shows some age appropriate tarnish.

ITEM ID
NE00201
STYLE
Mid-Century
MATERIAL
Silver, Sterling Silver, Mexican Silver
COLOR
Blue, Green, Silver
TYPE
Estate, Fine, Signed
STONE
Lapis Lazuli, Malachite
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
ITEM SIZE
1

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Fab Los Castillo Leaf Mosaico Azteca Demi-Parure c. 1950

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