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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 36

Image Item Secondary Material Maker Type Primary Material Catalog ID ID
Amethyst Brooch Amethyst Margot de Taxco Brooch Sterling Silver 5001 25816
Lacy Bracelet Semi Precious Stones Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5002 25817
Zodiac Pendant Necklace Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5003 25818
Silver Cuff Bracelet Margot de Taxco Bracelet sterling silver 5004 25836
Blooming Flower Earrings Margot de Taxco Earrings Sterling silver 5005 25843
Swan Brooch Margot de Taxco Brooch Sterling Silver 5006 26345
Double Swans Brooch Margot de Taxco Brooch Sterling Silver 5007 26346
Wrapped Symmetry Necklace Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5008 26351
Enamel Blue Fish Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5009 26406
Fish and Water Necklace Amethyst Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5010 26407
White Shell Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5011 26408
Square Kaleidoscope Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5012 26409
Spiral Bead Necklace Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5013 26410
Yin Yang Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5014 26411
Chyrsanthemum Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5015 26412
Fish and Waves Bracelet Enamel Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5016 26413
Clouds Bracelet Enamel Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5017 26414
Blue Paisley Bracelet Enamel Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5018 26415
Floral Circles Bracelet Enamel Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5019 26416
Floral Garland Bracelet Enamel Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5020 26417
Egyptian Bracelet Enamel Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5021 26418
Amethyst Heart Bracelet Amethyst Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5022 26419
Amethyst Fronds Bracelet Amethyst Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5023 26420
Bubble Bracelet Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5024 26421
Palmetto Fans Bracelet Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5025 26422
Butterfly Amethyst Bracelet Amethyst Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5026 26423
Aztec Motif Bracelet Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5027 26424
Whimsical Fish Brooch Enamel Margot de Taxco Brooch Sterling Silver 5028 26425
Seahorse Brooch Enamel Margot de Taxco Brooch Sterling Silver 5029 26426
Butterfly Brooch Enamel Margot de Taxco Brooch Sterling Silver 5030 26427
Framed Fronds Brooch Enamel Margot de Taxco Brooch Sterling Silver 5031 26428
Floral Bracelet Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5032 32629
Shells Brooch Margot de Taxco Brooch Sterling Silver 5033 32630
Double Oyster Bracelet Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5034 32631
Shells Bracelet Margot de Taxco Bracelet Sterling Silver 5035 32632
Shells Necklace Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5036 32633