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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 57

Image Item Secondary Material Maker Type Primary Material Catalog ID ID
Circle & Lozenge Bracelet Azure Malachite Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3001 32640
Meandering Lines Bracelet Malachite Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3002 32641
Book & Bead Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3003 32642
Parrot Pin Amethyst Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3004 32643
Wave Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (990) 3005 32644
Scroll & Beads Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (990) 3006 32645
Buds and Blossoms Brooch Amethyst Hector Aguilar Brooch Sterling Silver 3007 32646
Turquoise Bead Cuff Turquoise Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3008 32647
Orchid Pin Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (990) 3009 32648
Gravity Pin Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3010 32651
Caviar Earrings Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3011 32649
Paperclip Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3012 32650
Knotted Ribbon Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3013 80220
Knotted Ribbon Necklace Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3014 80221
Discs Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3015 80222
Discs Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3016 80223
Lyre Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3017 80224
X Cuff Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3018 80226
V-Chain Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3019 80225
Six Beads Panel Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3020 80227
Six Spheres Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3021 80228
Stone Charm Bracelet Amethyst Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3022 80229
Woven Cuff Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (990) 3023 80230
Fertility Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3024 80231
Curled Teardrop Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3025 94110
Water Hoop Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3026 94111
Knotted Ribbon Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3027 94112
Linked Shields Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3028 94113
Waves Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Sterling Silver 3029 94114
Bullet Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3030 94115
Turquoise Twist Bracelet Turquoise Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3031 94116
Portal Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3032 94117
Stamps Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3033 94118
Rectangle Cufflinks Hector Aguilar Cufflinks Silver (940) 3034 94119
Rope and Discs Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3035 94120
Overlapping Discs Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3036 94121
Six Spheres Necklace Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3037 94122
Blooming Blossom Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Sterling Silver 3038 94123
Flowers and Leaves Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3039 94124
Owl Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Sterling Silver 3040 94125
Spotted Sun Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3041 94126
Crescent Moon Earrings Amethyst Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3042 94127
Bird Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3043 94128
Book & Bead Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3044 94129
Five Disc Belt Buckle Hector Aguilar Belt Buckle Silver (940) 3045 94130
Two Chain Heart Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3046 94131
Braid and Beads Cuff Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3047 94132
Paper Clip Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3048 94133
Shell Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Sterling Silver 3049 94134
Grasshopper Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3050 94135
Triangle Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3051 94136
Tulip Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3052 94137
Overlapping Discs Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3053 94139
Double V Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3054 94140
Puffed Foliate Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Sterling Silver 3055 94141
Hummingbird Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3056 94142
Triangle Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3057 94143