Taxco Mexican Sterling Silver Natural Moonstone Heart Signed Bracelet
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Moonstones are smooth and gleaming with no chips or surface wear.
* Clasp is secure and original with original safety chain.
Era 1950s - 60s
Length 6 1/4"
Mark See photo
Weight 37 grams
Material Sterling silver, natural moonstone
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Made in Taxco with silver artisan mark of JHP
* Swirling heart motif is uncommon in Mexican jewelry and natural moonstones is a special addition.
* Openwork design has a bold silhouette with curved links that wrap neatly around your wrist.
On Taxco, Mexico, Jewelry. Jewelry made in Taxco, Mexico, through the early to mid 20th century are now highly collectable for their artisan style and the quality of the silverwork. Taxco, Mexico, was established as the center for quality silver jewelry of a distinctively Mexican style around 1926, when American William Spratling moved there. From the traditional silver workers, Spratling learned the pre-Columbian techniques of making silver jewelry and set up an apprenticeship program for talented silver artisans from Mexico and beyond. Taxco soon became not only a fixture in American imagination-a charming, old-world town where handmade artisans lived, worked, and were inspired-but also a quality alternative to Europe as a source for fine jewelry. It's this storied history, combined with the quality of the work, that has made Taxco pieces sought-after collectables.
On Regional Jewelry. Throughout history, regions have developed their own distinctive styles of jewelry with techniques that are passed down through generations. Because each region shared the same techniques, materials, knowledge, and craftspeople, the style of each region becomes incredibly recognizable, almost like a designer. However, regional jewelry is made by different artisans, so each piece feels subtly different. For example, Austro-Hungarian jewelry is a recognizable category of jewelry, known by its style, motifs, construction, and materials. Collectors can favor regional jewelry for the clear history and distinct location that can be assigned to the piece.