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SOLD Crushed Stone Los Costillo Brooch

Mexican Vintage Jewellery
1960's

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$109.00

Fantastic big Modernist crushed stone pin. Made in Mexico circa 1960s, this large sturdy pin is sterling silver and crushed mixed stone (turquoise, lapis etc). Nice quality pin - part of the collaborative effort between Los Castillo and Antonia Pineda that existed for a few years in the 1960s; a cooperative formed to allow silversmith union members to produce work to be sold through Los Castillo.

Item Details

Size

6cm x 5cm

Weight

19 Grams

Hallmark

Hecho en Mexico / Taxco Los Castillo (hard to read) / SCL / 272 / Eagle but the number is gone

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage piece.

About this Piece

Taxco

High in the hills of southern Mexico is a small town named Taxco, rich in silver deposits with a history of mining and silver smithing, this town has produced some of the world's finest design and workmanship in vintage jewellery. The Mexican Revolution (a long and bloody civil war) ended in the 1930's leaving people and produce able to move freely for the first time in 30 years. American architect William Spratling, enamoured with the towns skills and resources, helps to reinvigorate the silver industry by creating silver design workshops, and exporting the produce, mostly to the United States. This little town became a hive of original design and expert craftsmanship attracting artisans and artists, like few other places and produced some of the worlds finest silver work for a 50 year period.

Sterling Silver

Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.