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Mexican Silver

Jewelry and Metalwork from Taxco, Mexico

Silversmithing has been practiced for centuries in Mexico. Historically speaking, the Navajo of the Southwestern United States learned their trade from Mexicans. Interestingly enough, an American named William Spratling took the craft to entirely new level. He did this in 1931, when he established a retail outlet for Mexican jewelry near the silver-mining center of Taxco.

Spratling and his contemporaries borrowed liberally from pre-Columbian imagery for their designs. They found some designs on Mexico’s pyramids and lifted others from the 14th-century symbols that fill the Codex Zouche-Nuttal. Essentially, this made it "open-source material." It shouldn’t be too surprising that these shops succeeded and borrowed liberally from one-another.

Some competitors were actively encouraged. The Taxco School, as it is known today, was formed largely from former Spratling employees such as the Castillo brothers, Héctor Aguilar, Antonio Pineda, and Valentin Viadurreta, who brought a Mexican eye to Art Deco. Naturally, these artisans and their shops became incubators for still more generations of silversmiths.


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Total items in collection: 408. Total items on page 47

Image Item Secondary Material Maker Type Primary Material Catalog ID ID
Sunray Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6001 25819
Box Belt Buckles Antonio Pineda Belt Buckle Silver (970) 6002 26378
Crown Pearl Bracelet Pearl Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6003 25845
Teardrop Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 6004 26343
Amethyst Wrap Earrings Amethyst Antonio Pineda Earrings Sterling Silver 6005 26350
Chrysoprase Droplets Necklace Chrysoprase Antonio Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 6006 26353
Copper Twist Necklace Copper Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6007 26358
Funnel Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6008 26359
Amethyst Bars Necklace Amethyst Antonio Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 6009 26360
Concaving Bars Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6010 26361
Connecting Frames Necklace Amethyst Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6011 26362
Fish Skeleton Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6012 26363
Topaz Geometry Bracelet Topaz Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6013 26364
Amethyst Stripe Bracelet Amethyst Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6014 26365
Keyhole Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6015 26366
Thumbprint Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 6016 26367
Birdcage Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6017 26368
Midnight Waves Bracelet Moonstone Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6018 26369
Ups and Downs Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6019 26370
Wells Of Topaz Bracelet Topaz Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6020 26371
Obsidian Arches Bracelet Obsidian Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6021 26372
Birds Egg Bracelet Amethyst Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6022 26373
Curved Panel Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6023 26374
Silver Horn Bracelet Amethyst Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6024 26375
Cutouts Bangle Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6025 26376
Faceted Amethyst Ring Amethyst Antonio Pineda Ring Silver (970) 6026 26377
Spiral Links Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 6027 27909
Corn Ear Bracelet Amethyst Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6028 32634
Linked Onyx V Bracelet Onyx Antonio Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 6029 94497
Moonstone Bracelet Moonstone Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6030 32636
Warped Panel Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6031 32637
Onyx Oval Ring Antonio Pineda Ring Silver (970) 6032 32638
Green Heart Pendant Jadeite Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6033 32639
Warrior Cuff Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6034 80253
Hubcap Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6035 94162
Onyx Swirl Bracelet Onyx Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6036 94163
Onyx Swan Bracelet Onyx Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6037 94496
Spade Earrings Antonio Pineda Earrings Silver (970) 6038 94498
Twist Bangle Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6039 94499
Spiked Shards Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6040 94500
Hoop Running Figure Earrings Antonio Pineda Earrings Silver (970) 6041 94501
Spade Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6042 94502
Moonstone Triangle Earrings Moonstone Antonio Pineda Earrings Silver (970) 6043 94503
Pearl Wave Cuff Pearl Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6044 94504
Pearl Frame Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6045 94505
Serpent Scale Bracelet Antonio Pineda Bracelet Silver (970) 6046 94506
Green Heart Pendant Onyx Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6047 114524