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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 30

Image Item Secondary Material Maker Type Primary Material Catalog ID ID
Sterling Earrings Semi Precious Stones Sigi Pineda Earrings Sterling Silver 9001 25800
Crossed Silver Bracelet Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9002 26352
Stone Hinge Necklace Pale Green Stone Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9003 26379
Obsidian Hinge Necklace Obsidian Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9004 26380
Ribbon Necklace Amethyst Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9005 26381
Double Strand Bead Necklace Obsidian Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9006 26382
Molten Flower Bracelet Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9007 26383
Anvil Bracelet Green Stone Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9008 26384
Boomerang Bracelet Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9009 26385
Bold Strokes Bracelet Green Stone Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9010 26386
Stone Well Bracelet Tigers Eye Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9011 26387
Bird's Wing Brooch Sigi Pineda Brooch Sterling Silver 9012 26388
Pearl Elegance Brooch Pearl Sigi Pineda Brooch Sterling Silver 9013 26389
Water Brooch Sigi Pineda Brooch Sterling Silver 9014 26390
Weaving Plant Brooch Obsidian Sigi Pineda Brooch Sterling Silver 9015 26391
Reversible Earrings Jade and Obsidian Sigi Pineda Earrings Sterling Silver 9016 26392
Wing Dip Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9017 27908
Silver Straws Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9018 94065
Silver Trails Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9019 94066
Winding Ribbon Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9020 94067
Obsidian Tear Drop Bracelet Obisidian Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9021 94068
Boomerang Ring Turquoise Sigi Pineda Ring Sterling Silver 9022 94069
Winding Ribbon Bracelet Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9023 94070
Winding Silver Cuff Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9024 94071
Silver Straws Bracelet Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9025 94072
Silver Trails Bracelet Sigi Pineda Bracelet Sterling Silver 9026 94073
Jade Sliver Necklace Jade Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9027 94074
Open Neck Lines Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9028 94075
Pearl Elegance Necklace Pearl Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9029 94076
Cross Hatched Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9030 94077