Here is a gorgeous very rare Mexican Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver inlaid collar necklace dating to the very early1950’s. It measures 14 ½” long and has 17 graduating placards that range in size from ¾” high to 1” high and 7/8” wide by 3” wide at the centerpiece of the necklace. This necklace was designed with a high level of craftmanship and design by Mexican artist and silversmith Felipe Martinez at his Taxco Piedra Y Plata (Stone and Silver)studio workshop during the mid 1950’s. It is well known that Martinez’s workshop was also recognized by his peers as one of the best silver shops in Taxco where he created distinctive jewelry pieces known for geometric patterns and indigenous Mexican inlaid stones. His seamless transitions from Sterling to stone make his jewelry unique in quality and design with this particular necklace using malachite and lapis all inlaid seamlessly creating this Limited Edition signed necklace. This one is hallmarked with the Taxco, Piedra y Plata studio logo and Sterling with Studio design number 106. This necklace weighs a hefty 173 grams and has a V spring catch and a 3 ½” safety chain with a safety clasp to allow easy wearability. The necklace is overall in good vintage condition with light surface scratches that are normal for its age. Under magnification I do see some tiny chips and tiny missing particles of stone in 9 plaques hardly visible to the naked eye but consistent with its age and use being mentioned to be accurate. This very rare unique Mexican artisan Sterling Felipe Martinez necklace and it would make a great addition to any woman’s vintage jewelry collection.
Sterling Silver Mexican Modernist Necklace by Felipe Martinez Taxco Early 1950’s
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