Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Carmen Beckmann parure or suite of sterling silver pieces c. 1960. The abstract design features a stylized diamond shaped center in puffy silver with 3 applied balls located on the bottom of each diamond shape. The necklace has 8 single diamond shaped plaques on either side with 3 center "diamonds" in a half fan shape. The diamond shapes are attached with large, oval silver loops in between the diamond shapes. The chain on either end is a flattened rolo chain style ending in a tongue and loop style closure. Each section is 1-1/16" tall X 5/8" wide (maximum dimensions). One of the closed back diamonds is marked "Beckmann" + "Mexico" + "Sterling". The necklace is 16" long. The necklace weighs 29.0 grams. The earrings are a single diamond shape with 3 attached balls on either end of the diamond. The earrings are 1-1/2" tall X 15/16" wide. They are screw back style and are marked "Hecho en Mexico" + "Mexico". The earrings weigh 8.2 grams. The set weighs 37.2 grams.
Carmen Beckmann opened her shop in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico during the 1960’s, possibly earlier. Carmen’s shop lasted until the early 1980’s. Her designs were similar in style to the pieces of William Spratling in the 1930's. It is believed that some of her pieces were made by other jewelry manufacturers of the area.
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.
Glamorous Carmen Beckmann Demi-Parure c. 1960