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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 50

Image Item Secondary Material Maker Type Primary Material Catalog ID ID
Geometric Swirl Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2001 25798
Silver Angel Pin Los Castillo Brooch Sterling Silver 2002 25802
Fern Clamp Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2003 25848
Thistle Brooch Los Castillo Brooch Sterling Silver 2004 25806
Silver Wire and Beads Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling silver 2005 25851
Mesh Silver Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2006 25853
Three Strand Amethyst Necklace Amethyst Los Castillo Necklace Silver (980) 2007 25854
Festoon Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2008 25855
Doves Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2009 25856
Fish Skeleton Earrings Copper Los Castillo Ring Sterling Silver 2010 90565
Fish Skeleton Ring Copper Los Castillo Ring Sterling Silver 2011 90564
Devil Fish Brooch Los Castillo Brooch Sterling Silver 2012 25814
Thistle Repousse Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2013 25815
Fish Skeleton Bracelet Copper Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2014 26349
Dragon Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2015 26393
Fish Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2016 26394
Double Swan Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2017 26395
Petal Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2018 26396
Quetzlcoatl Cuff Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Silver (980) 2019 26397
Swimming Fish Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2020 26398
Curving Wrist Cuff Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2021 26399
Fleur Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2022 26400
Double Wave Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2023 26401
Tulip Brooch Amethyst Los Castillo Brooch Sterling Silver 2024 32607
Pegasus Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2025 32608
Squares and Domes Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2026 32609
Scrolls Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2027 32610
Blossom Brooch Amethyst Los Castillo Brooch Sterling Silver 2028 32612
Bouqet Brooch Amethyst Los Castillo Brooch Sterling Silver 2029 32611
Amethyst Flower Ring Amethyst Los Castillo Ring Sterling Silver 2030 80234
Green Turquoise Cabochon Ring Amethyst Los Castillo Ring Sterling Silver 2031 80235
Turquoise Blossom Brooch Turquoise Los Castillo Brooch Sterling Silver 2032 94138
Teardrops Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2033 94144
Amethyst Jar Necklace Los Castillo Brooch Sterling Silver 2034 94145
Banded Squares and Domes Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2035 94146
Pegasus Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2036 94147
Onyx Cabochon Cuff Black Onyx Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2037 94148
Lilypad Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2038 94149
Double Fern Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2039 94150
Agate Cup Bracelet Green Agate Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2040 94151
Circle Link Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2041 94152
Abalone Fish Bracelet Abalone Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2042 94153
Enamel Stud Cuff Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2043 94154
Hollow Hoop Earrings Los Castillo Earrings Sterling Silver 2044 94155
Aztec Block Bracelet Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2045 94156
Single Wave Cuff Los Castillo Bracelet Silver (980) 2046 94157
Carnelian Diamond Necklace Carnelian Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2047 94158
Orange Quartz Necklace Orange Quartz Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2048 94159
Aztec Swirl Earrings Los Castillo Earrings Sterling Silver 2049 94160
Bead Flare Cuff Los Castillo Bracelet Sterling Silver 2050 94161