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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 MarketData ID
Circle & Lozenge Bracelet Azure Malachite Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3001 H:$360.95 32640
Meandering Lines Bracelet Malachite Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3002 H:$365.79 32641
Book & Bead Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3003 H:$360.95 32642
Parrot Pin Amethyst Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3004 H:$117.28 32643
Wave Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (990) 3005 H:$376.23 32644
Scroll & Beads Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (990) 3006 H:$360.95 32645
Buds and Blossoms Brooch Amethyst Hector Aguilar Brooch Sterling Silver 3007 H:$117.28 32646
Turquoise Bead Cuff Turquoise Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3008 H:$377.95 32647
Orchid Pin Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (990) 3009 H:$117.28 32648
Gravity Pin Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3010 H:$117.28 32651
Caviar Earrings Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3011 H:$117.28 32649
Paperclip Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3012 H:$364.34 32650
Knotted Ribbon Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3013 H:$360.95 80220
Knotted Ribbon Necklace Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3014 H:$380.53 80221
Discs Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3015 H:$2001.35 80222
Discs Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3016 H:$78.23 80223
Lyre Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3017 H:$2001.35 80224
X Cuff Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3018 H:$360.95 80226
V-Chain Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3019 H:$2001.35 80225
Six Beads Panel Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3020 H:$378.58 80227
Six Spheres Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3021 H:$374.01 80228
Stone Charm Bracelet Amethyst Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3022 H:$360.95 80229
Woven Cuff Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (990) 3023 H:$365.79 80230
Fertility Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3024 H:$360.95 80231
Curled Teardrop Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3025 H:$78.29 94110
Water Hoop Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3026 H:$78.23 94111
Knotted Ribbon Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3027 H:$78.29 94112
Linked Shields Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3028 H:$2001.35 94113
Waves Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Sterling Silver 3029 H:$2001.35 94114
Bullet Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3030 H:$382.58 94115
Turquoise Twist Bracelet Turquoise Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3031 H:$352.17 94116
Portal Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3032 H:$367.25 94117
Stamps Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Sterling Silver 3033 H:$360.95 94118
Rectangle Cufflinks Hector Aguilar Cufflinks Silver (940) 3034 H:$164.00 94119
Rope and Discs Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3035 H:$2001.35 94120
Overlapping Discs Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3036 H:$2001.35 94121
Six Spheres Necklace Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3037 H:$360.95 94122
Blooming Blossom Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Sterling Silver 3038 H:$117.28 94123
Flowers and Leaves Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3039 H:$117.28 94124
Owl Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Sterling Silver 3040 H:$78.28 94125
Spotted Sun Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3041 H:$349.20 94126
Crescent Moon Earrings Amethyst Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3042 H:$78.28 94127
Bird Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3043 H:$117.28 94128
Book & Bead Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3044 H:$360.95 94129
Five Disc Belt Buckle Hector Aguilar Belt Buckle Silver (940) 3045 H:$139.37 94130
Two Chain Heart Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3046 H:$2001.35 94131
Braid and Beads Cuff Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3047 H:$360.95 94132
Paper Clip Bracelet Hector Aguilar Bracelet Silver (940) 3048 H:$367.00 94133
Shell Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Sterling Silver 3049 H:$78.23 94134
Grasshopper Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3050 H:$117.28 94135
Triangle Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3051 H:$117.28 94136
Tulip Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3052 H:$117.28 94137
Overlapping Discs Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3053 H:$78.29 94139
Double V Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3054 H:$117.28 94140
Puffed Foliate Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Sterling Silver 3055 H:$78.29 94141
Hummingbird Brooch Hector Aguilar Brooch Silver (940) 3056 H:$117.28 94142
Triangle Earrings Hector Aguilar Earrings Silver (940) 3057 H:$78.21 94143