Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering an Ana Maria Nunez de Brilanti ("Victoria" and "Cony") from Taxco c. 1960 sterling silver choker style necklace. The necklace is in a Greek key or meander pattern. The design features square plaques with a Greek key in silver raised above oxidation or blackening, giving the piece a very dimensional look. The necklace has 18 square plaques each attached by an attached ring. Each section is 3/8" wide X 1/4" (maximum dimensions and not including the connector rings). The necklace is 14-1/2" long and can be extended with added rings. It has a box clasp. The piece weighs 25.9 grams. The reverse is marked in a circle "Victoria" + "Taxco" + "Mexico". In script it is marked "Cony". There is also an early Eagle mark "12" and "Sterling".
Ana Maria Nunez de Brilanti (1910-1999) opened her first shop, Plateria Victoria SA, in Taxco, Mexico in 1940. She was a talented designer and maker of jewelry. Victoria's pieces used designs that include all forms of the natural world, including flowers, animals, fish and pre-Columbian art. She is also well known for her unique, modern looks. She was supported during her early years by WIlliam Spratling and Margot de Taxco. She and her family opened a second shop in the 1950's. These pieces were trademarked "Cony". Her family continues to work in the Taxco jewelry business.
Meanders were decorative elements used in Greek and Roman art, but were actually much older. The Meander or "Greek Key" (in modern terminology), is a basic design motif found in areas outside of Greece or Rome. It is a labyrinthine pattern which appears in China, Meso-America, and Middle Eastern cultures among others. It is generally regarded as a symbol of infinity or unity.
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.
Beautiful Victoria Brilanti Taxco Plaque MCM Necklace c. 1960