This very uniquely designed handmade sterling silver necklace is on an 24″ chain and the pendant measures 4 1/2″.
Sterling Silver from Taxco.
Much of the sterling jewelry that is produced today in Taxco, Mexico is being produced because of the dream of several influential artists who lived and worked during the early part of the 20th century, one of whom was William Spratling, sometimes referred to as the father of Mexican Silver. An American, Spratling graduated from college with a degree in architecture in 1921. He was interested in the arts in general and from his teaching position at Tulane University, began giving summer course lectures in Mexico City. He integrated himself into a thriving cultural scene in the exciting post-Revolutionary world in Mexico. By 1931 he had decided to attempt to re-establish a silver producing community in Taxco, Guerrero, a small town in the Sierra Madre mountains. While Taxco had silver mines, there was no longer the native silver working industry. He founded a workshop and with the help of Mexican craftsmen, began producing his own pieces that were influenced by pre-Columbian design as well as other native cultural and Western motifs. Spratling’s desire to establish a studio and educate locals in the art of metalwork has had a lasting influence. The pieces produced today in Taxco can be seen as a testament to his vision. His idea has enabled many people in and around Taxco make a living in the world of jewelry design and production with a focus on excellent design and execution in fine quality silver.