I am so pleased to be able to offer this great pair of sterling silver and alexandrite earrings, circa 1950s, by well known Modernist artist, Enrique Ledesma of Taxco, Mexico. These earrings are a great example of Ledesma's ability to form a beautiful Modernist design and punctuate that design with glittering stones. The earrings close with well working screwbacks. Truly beautiful!
Ledesma was an artist first, studying at the San Carlos Academy of Art in Mexico City before becoming an apprentice in his father's workshop. Ledesma soon moved to Taxco and began working with William Spratling and then Los Castillo before establishing his own workshop in 1950. Ledesma is well known for the fact that his jewelry is technically flawless and wearable pieces of art. A true investment and an heirloom!
Stones called "Mexican Alexandrites" are sometimes lab created or natural, but most often they are what is known as "color change Corundum" which is lab created; rubies and sapphires are also of the Corundum family of gems and this gem tests in the ruby/sapphire range. Color change Corundum is as hard as a diamond and as you hold this item in different lights, you can see many different colors, but the primary color is purple like an amethyst and in most lighting these stones are a light to medium purple with pink and blue highlights.
Hallmark: Ledesma Taxco Hecho en Mexico 925 1 Eagle(3)
Size: 1 1/4" x 3/4"; Grams: 10
Condition: Excellent vintage - I have only lightly buffed, you may wish to polish more