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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 100

Image Item Secondary Material Maker Type Primary Material Catalog ID MarketData ID
Hands Necklace Azur Malachite Spratling Necklace Sterling Silver 1005 H:$826.53 25804
Halo of the Virgin Necklace Spratling Necklace Sterling Silver 1006 H:$826.53 25803
Silver Amethyst Pill Box Necklace Amethyst Spratling Necklace Sterling Silver 1010 H:$826.53 25812
Rosewood Moon Necklace Rosewood Spratling Necklace Sterling Silver 1012 H:$826.53 26402
Silver and Rosewood Bead Necklace Rosewood Spratling Necklace Sterling Silver 1013 H:$826.53 26403
Teardrop Necklace Spratling Necklace Spratling Silver (980) 1015 H:$826.53 31293
Feathered Eagle Pendant Spratling Necklace Spratling Silver (980) 1016 H:$826.53 31305
Twin Birds Necklace Spratling Necklace Spratling Silver (980) 1018 H:$726.46 31317
Mayan Cross Necklace Spratling Necklace Sterling Silver 1021 H:$826.53 32593
Star Necklace Abalone Spratling Necklace Spratling Silver (980) 1029 H:$826.53 32600
Caviar Bracelet Turquoise Spratling Necklace Spratling Silver (980) 1030 H:$826.53 32601
Cholula Bracelet Spratling Necklace Spratling Silver (980) 1031 H:$826.53 32602
Abalone Waves Necklace Abalone Spratling Necklace Spratling Silver (980) 1037 H:$826.53 80208
Jade Star Necklace Jade Spratling Necklace Gold 1039 H:$826.53 80210
Jasper and Gilt Necklace Jasper Spratling Necklace Sterling Silver 1041 H:$826.53 80213
Geometric Swirl Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2001 H:$306.39 25798
Three Strand Amethyst Necklace Amethyst Los Castillo Necklace Silver (980) 2007 H:$303.86 25854
Festoon Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2008 H:$291.27 25855
Thistle Repousse Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2013 H:$296.72 25815
Dragon Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2015 H:$309.75 26393
Fish Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2016 H:$303.61 26394
Double Swan Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2017 H:$303.73 26395
Petal Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2018 H:$299.46 26396
Scrolls Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2027 H:$296.27 32610
Teardrops Necklace Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2033 H:$306.39 94144
Carnelian Diamond Necklace Carnelian Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2047 H:$321.20 94158
Orange Quartz Necklace Orange Quartz Los Castillo Necklace Sterling Silver 2048 H:$301.80 94159
Discs Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3015 H:$2001.35 80222
Lyre Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3017 H:$2001.35 80224
V-Chain Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3019 H:$2001.35 80225
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
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
Two Chain Heart Necklace Hector Aguilar Necklace Silver (940) 3046 H:$2001.35 94131
Chevron Necklace (Amethyst) Amethyst Fred Davis Necklace Sterling Silver 4003 H:$457.08 32742
Wings Necklace Amethyst Fred Davis Necklace Sterling Silver 4007 H:$457.08 32746
Shields and Cabochons Necklace Amethyst Fred Davis Necklace Spratling Silver (980) 4009 H:$457.08 32781
Onyx Masks Necklace Onyx Fred Davis Necklace Sterling Silver 4017 H:$457.08 80189
Amethyst Flower Pendant Amethyst Fred Davis Necklace Sterling Silver 4026 H:$457.08 80198
Onyx Shield Necklace Onyx Fred Davis Necklace Sterling Silver 4027 H:$457.08 80199
Malachite Mask Necklace Malachite Fred Davis Necklace Sterling Silver 4028 H:$457.08 80200
Chevron Earrings (Amethyst) Amethyst Fred Davis Necklace Sterling Silver 4036 H:$457.08 80256
Zodiac Pendant Necklace Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5003 H:$436.14 25818
Wrapped Symmetry Necklace Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5008 H:$420.07 26351
Enamel Blue Fish Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5009 H:$436.19 26406
Fish and Water Necklace Amethyst Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5010 H:$440.19 26407
White Shell Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5011 H:$436.82 26408
Square Kaleidoscope Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5012 H:$430.53 26409
Spiral Bead Necklace Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5013 H:$430.10 26410
Yin Yang Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5014 H:$436.19 26411
Chyrsanthemum Necklace Enamel Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5015 H:$428.69 26412
Shells Necklace Margot de Taxco Necklace Sterling Silver 5036 H:$441.60 32633
Sunray Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6001 H:$718.33 25819
Teardrop Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 6004 H:$718.33 26343
Chrysoprase Droplets Necklace Chrysoprase Antonio Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 6006 H:$718.33 26353
Copper Twist Necklace Copper Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6007 H:$718.33 26358
Funnel Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6008 H:$718.33 26359
Amethyst Bars Necklace Amethyst Antonio Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 6009 H:$718.33 26360
Concaving Bars Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6010 H:$718.33 26361
Connecting Frames Necklace Amethyst Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6011 H:$718.33 26362
Spiral Links Necklace Antonio Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 6027 H:$718.33 27909
Green Heart Pendant Jadeite Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6033 H:$718.33 32639
Green Heart Pendant Onyx Antonio Pineda Necklace Silver (970) 6047 H:$707.98 114524
Linked Shield Enamel Necklace Enamel Miguel Arias Necklace Sterling Silver 8002 26909
Black and Yellow Necklace Enamel Miguel Arias Necklace Sterling Silver 8003 26910
Flowers and Leaves Necklace Enamel Miguel Arias Necklace Sterling Silver 8006 26913
Blue Wreath Necklace Enamel Miguel Arias Necklace Sterling Silver 8013 89261
Veined Leaf Necklace Enamel Miguel Arias Necklace Sterling Silver 8016 89264
Yellow And Black Ribbon Necklace Enamel Miguel Arias Necklace Sterling Silver 8019 89267
Stone Hinge Necklace Pale Green Stone Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9003 H:$225.63 26379
Obsidian Hinge Necklace Obsidian Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9004 H:$225.63 26380
Ribbon Necklace Amethyst Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9005 H:$225.63 26381
Double Strand Bead Necklace Obsidian Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9006 H:$225.63 26382
Wing Dip Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9017 H:$225.63 27908
Silver Straws Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9018 H:$225.63 94065
Silver Trails Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9019 H:$225.63 94066
Winding Ribbon Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9020 H:$225.63 94067
Jade Sliver Necklace Jade Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9027 H:$225.63 94074
Open Neck Lines Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9028 H:$225.63 94075
Pearl Elegance Necklace Pearl Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9029 H:$225.63 94076
Cross Hatched Necklace Sigi Pineda Necklace Sterling Silver 9030 H:$225.63 94077
Jade Pendant Jade Jose Anton Necklace Sterling Silver 10021 80240
Abalone Pendant Abalone Jose Anton Necklace Sterling Silver 10029 80248
Mask Pendant Abalone Jose Anton Necklace Sterling Silver 10031 80249
Spiral Foliage Necklace Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11003 H:$168.70 26344
Purple Agate Flower Pendant Purple Agate Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11006 H:$168.70 26934
Square Spiral Necklace Turquoise Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11014 H:$168.22 27918
Onyx Pendant Onyx Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11015 H:$170.61 27919
Linked V Necklace Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11016 H:$168.70 27920
Oval Chain Necklace Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11017 H:$170.63 27921
Three Line Choker Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11018 H:$170.60 27922
Water Stream Choker Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11019 H:$168.26 27923
Warrior Panel Necklace Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11020 H:$168.23 27924
Hanging Turquoise Necklace Turquoise Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11021 H:$168.70 27925
Amethyst Engraving Pendant Amethyst Los Ballesteros Necklace Sterling Silver 11022 H:$168.22 27926
Snake Necklace Gold Gilding Matilde Poulat Necklace Silver (980) 12007 H:$1254.59 26929
Turquoise and Dove Necklace Turquoise Matilde Poulat Necklace Sterling Silver 12010 H:$1264.61 26932
Amethyst and Turquoise Cross Pendant Turquoise Matilde Poulat Necklace Sterling Silver 12011 H:$1260.62 26933
Starburst Amethyst Necklace Amethyst Matilde Poulat Necklace Sterling Silver 12012 H:$1257.99 94054