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MEXICAN SILVER album two

HECTOR AGUILAR: Hector Aguilar lived 1905-1986 and worked 1930-1965..during World War II many American jewelry companies had their jewelry made in Mexico because of the availability of cheap labor and sterling silver. In the U.S. the work force was limited and most metals were saved for wartime production. Coro formed a business relationship with Hector Aguilar and his studio made jewelry for them.He was influenced by William Spratling's early work with ranchero motifs and his earliest work was almost pure silver(980 or 990) His mark is a conjoined HA.Hector Aguilar had previously worked for Spratling's "Las Delicias" before opening his own studio.

MARGOT van VOORHIES CARR: Margot van Voorhies Carr Castillo (mark is Margot De Taxco) (1948-c.1975)(died in 1985) is known for a wide variety of styles and motifs inspired by Art Deco,Egyptian,Arts and Crafts,Art Nouveau & Mexican designs according to Warman's Jewelry by Christie Romero, 3rd edition.Her designs are superior and her pieces very collectible.Her mark consists of three elements: "Margot de Taxco" (or, rarely, "Margot of Taxco") in block letters on three lines; "Sterling Made in (or Hecho en) Mexico" in a circle around the Mexican government's spread eagle assay mark and the numeral 16 (or, occasionally, the numeral 1); and a design number (usually four digits). She spent the last years of her life in poverty until her death in 1985. "The ending is tragic and poignant, but she left behind a rich legacy and beautiful precious objects which shall continue to feed our imagination and aesthetic cravings for many years." quote from Fred Rezazadeh.

WILLIAM SPRATLING:(the correct way to pronounce Taxco is TAHS-co) And what would a discussion of Mexican jewelry be without including William Spratling(1900-1967) Spratling was an American who came to Mexico and eventually began designing jewelry in the town of Taxco. He made Taxco a major tourist destination famous for its silverwork..While his earliest designs were simple, they came to be more refined and stylized in his later years..Spratling used a variety of marks, the conjoined WS being one of them and Spratling Silver de Mexico being another..He has been referred to as "Father of Contemporary Silver"

FREDERICK DAVIS:(started in 1920's)...His work was unique in that he used simple, stylized obsidian(a dark natural glass formed by the cooling of molten lava)face designs which he used in necklaces bracelets and other forms..He also used amethyst quartz with silver which is my favorite combination..Later he used many of the traditional Mexican motifs.His mark was an F inside of a D..His pieces are relatively scarce so if you find any let us know!!!

BERNICE GOODSPEED:

ANTONIO PINEDA:(b.1919 d.2009)One of his early marks was AP in a circle then 'Silver by Tono', then 'Silver by Antonio', then the crown mark, Antonio Taxco in the shape of a crown...He used stones such as moonstones and topaz and also pearls.Please read an interview with Antonio Pineda at this link:
Interview with Antonio Pineda

And also another interview Here:
Interview #2

Click HERE for more info on his Mexican jewelry

ENRIQUE LEDESMA:

SIGI PINEDA:The singularity of Sigi's style is so distinct that everyone can identify his work, and often, people say of similar designs that this piece of jewelry has the "Sigi Look". Click here for more info at Modern Silver.com

MATILDE POULAT:

CARLOS CASTILLO

LOS CASTILLO:Four brothers-Don Antonio,Jorge(Chato),Miguel and Justo opened up their own shop,Los Castillo, in 1939. The last surviving brother Don Antonio died in 2000. In their work we see a very broad range...Their most famous design according to Warman's 3rd is Perfil de Perico(profile of parrot) which incorporates the techniques of married metals and stone inlay.

For a list of Mexican maker marks please visit this link:
Mexican Marks

To figure out some of the markings please read this simple explanation:
Mexican Marks Explained

TO VISIT OUR FIRST MEXICAN SILVER ALBUM CLICK HERE:
MEXICAN SILVER JEWELRY

Date(s): December 9, 2009. Album by Jewelry Ring. 1 - 113 of 113 Total. 4513 Visits.
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Coro sterling made in Mexico fish Marked around a circle Made in Mexico above, Coro in script in the center and silver on the bottom

Compliments of Betsy Keep

Christian Ridge Collectibles

"Coro Mexico - Unpatented
During WWII and until about 1950, Coro contracted Taller Borda Silversmiths, owned by Hector Aquilar, to produce jewelry out of Mexico in response to the shortage of metals in the US.  The pieces are spectacular and an interpretation of 40s style that is uniquely Mexican. This jewelry was not patented as it wasn't created by Coro's designers."
quote from Luda Tovey's Coro pages


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Sterling (marked silver) mama and baby chatelaine - Marked Silver Mexico

Courtesy of Betsy Keep


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Marked Mexico, Sterling and Partial TR-***

Courtesy of Betsy Keep


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These parrots are marked 925 and Mexico

Courtesy of Betsy Keep


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Mask is either obsidian or glass -test the same on the presidium unless there are impurities in the obsidian - Marked Hecho en Mexico 925 around a conjoined TC.

Courtesy of Betsy Keep


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Bird, butterfly & flowers - Marked Silver Mexico

Courtesy of Betsy Keep


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Mexican Silver w/ turquoise and coral

Compliments of Nona Grampp

Nona's of Alexandria


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Mexican silver and amethyst

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Close up view of mark

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Mexican Silver and MOP bracelet

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Mexican Silver Brooch

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Mexican Silver and amethyst bracelet

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Mexican silver necklace and earrings

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Mexican silver and amethyst cuff

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Mexican silver Ring

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Mexican silver brooch

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Close up of mark

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Walter Lampl Sterling Mexican Onyx Retro Brooch

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover

Milky Way Jewels

Cheri of Milky Way Jewels shared some interesting extra facts about Mexican jewelry and Coro.."Not everyone knows that during World War II many American jewelry
companies had their jewelry made in Mexico because of the availability
of cheap labor and sterling silver.  In the U.S. the work force was
limited and most metals were saved for wartime production.  Coro formed
a business relationship with Hector Aguilar and his studio made jewelry
for them.  Here's one of those pieces:
Click here


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Margot de Taxco Modernist Sterling Clamper Bracelet

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Close view of mark


There were several incidents that led to the closure of Margot's
business. First was a terrible fire in 1960.It closed her spectacular showroom and she had to relocate to off the zocalo(main jewelry sales area) to a new location on the highway to Mexico City (now called the
Avenida Kennedy). Then she moved again in 1973 to a smaller shop nearby.
Then her workshop unionized.She had difficulty with the yearly
contract negotiations for higher wages and shorter hours. There was a strike in 1974 and she had to close the shop for several months. Then a number of the silversmiths began leaving the workshop and production dropped.  Overhead remained high,and soon Margot was in deep debt.
Eventually the government seized her business and sold it to pay the workers. Some of the design molds were given tovarious workers as payment for back wages.  It was after this that she had to sell her home
and move in with Maria Castillo.


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Margot de Taxco Turquoise Enamel Brooch

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Los Castillo Married Metal Earrings

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Signed Mexican Silver Mixed Metals and Turquoise Bracelet & Earrings Set

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Tono Sterling Inlaid Brooch - 1940s Mexico

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Antonio Pineda Mexican Silver Pierced Earrings

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Antonio Pineda Pearl & Chrysoprase Sterling Brooch

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Old Mexican Sterling Carved Green Glass Earrings

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Mexican Triangle Earrings

Compliments of Susan Weaver

Jewels and Finery


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LOS BALLESTEROS TAXCO STERLING ABALONE EARRINGS
Lovely, sterling, screw back earrings inlaid with colorful iridescent abalone shell. Marked: "LOS BALLESTEROS, GRO", along with the stylized "B" mark, and "HECHO EN MEXICO".

Compliments of Susan Corwin

Eureka I Found It!


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SIGI MODERNE STYLE 950 SILVER PIN
Striking Moderne style silver pin. Contrasting polished and textured areas, accented with oxidized finish. Nice, heavy construction. Marked with a tiny script signature: "Sigi" and "950".

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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ADORABLE 3 KITTY CATS TAXCO STERLING PIN
Beautifully made figural pin depicting 3 graduated kitty cats. Heavy sterling silver construction with contrasting black inlay. Marked: "TO-57, MEXICO, 925

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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MEXICAN FIGURAL STERLING EARRINGS
Amusing figural screw back earrings depicting a Mexican man and woman. Nicely detailed embossed silver. Marked: "925".

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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LOS BALLESTEROS STERLING ABALONE BRACELET BOOK PIECE
Fabulous example of Mexican sterling at its best! This intricately designed, layered silver bracelet with abalone accents is pictured on page 253 of the book MEXICAN SILVER by Morrill and Berk. It is listed as dating from 1945-1955. Marked: "TALLERES DE LOS BALLESTEROS TAXCO GRO, HECHO EN MEXICO, 925" with the stylized B, and an Eagle Mark 12.

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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HUGE MEXICAN STERLING MASK PENDANT / PIN
Great expression and headdress on this huge sterling mask / pendant pin. Accented with turquoise color cabochons. Marked: "STERLING, MEXICO, JNM" and the number 3 Eagle mark.

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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UNUSUAL MEXICAN SILVER BOX RING
Unusual, 3 dimensional silver box ring, accented with small turquoise(?) cabochons. Marked: "SILVER MEXICO".

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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Sterling little bells pin with bow and berries. Marked Mexico 925 and the letters TJ and other letters that are not clear.

Compliments of Jan Gaughan

Eclectic Vintage Jewelry and Collectibles


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Vintage Sterling Silver Mexican Jewelry - Filigree Brooch with Green Stone

Compliments of Polly Curtiss


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Vintage Sterling Silver Mexican Jewelry - Large Niello Brooch and Pendant -
Burro and Catus

Compliments of Polly Curtiss


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Vintage Mexican Jewelry - Large Sterling Silver Brooch or Pin 1940's

Compliments of Polly Curtiss


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Vintage Mexican Sterling Silver Jewelry - Pin Pendant with Aztec Design

Compliments of Polly Curtiss


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Unusual Vintage Sterling Silver Mexican Charm Ring with Amethyst - Taxco, Signed
FCS

Compliments of Polly Curtiss


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Mexican Sterling Bracelets

Compliments of Ronda Allman

Great Barbarian


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Mexico Silver Necklace

Compliments of Ronda Allman


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Mexico Sterling Silver Necklace and Earrings Set.  Mexican silver turban brooch.

Compliments of Ronda Allman


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Mexico Sterling Inlay necklace, bracelet and earrings.

Compliments of Ronda Allman


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Mexico Sterling Aztec God brooch. Marked sterling, made in Mexico and the Eagle mark #3

Compliments of Sharon Hall

gemdiva64 on eBay


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Amethyst Mexican Silver bracelet

Compliments of Vera Battemarco

Get Glam!


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Mexico Sterling Mask with Green Dangles Pendant Necklace

Compliments of Vera Battemarco


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Modernist Mexican Sterling with Malakite Bracelet

Compliments of Vera Battemarco


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Mexico Turquoise Inlay sterling necklace

Compliments of Vera Battemarco


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Mexico sterling warrior pendant Necklace.

Compliments of Vera Battemarco


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Los Castillo Necklace

Compliments of Sue Sinclair

Florida Yankee's Delights on Etsy


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Mexican Silver and enamel Brooch

Courtesy of Sue Sinclair


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Mexican silver man and donkey pin

Courtesy of Sue Sinclair


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Mexican silver fish pin and earrings

Courtesy of Sue Sinclair


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Los Castillo.  Sterling and real feathers.  La Pluma.

Courtesy of Sue Sinclair


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Mexican Silver bird pin

Courtesy of Sue Sinclair


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WONDERFUL LINK INLAID
TURQUOISE STERLING
BRACELET MARKED C W/
A SMALL r---THE MARK
OF REVERIANO CASTILLO

Compliments of Pat Seal

Treasures From Yesterday Vintage Jewelry


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HINGED CUFF W/
A SNAKE DESIGN W/
AMETHYST AND MARKED
LC TAXCO THE INLAID
SNAKE DESIGN IS MADE OF
TORTOISE SHELL---UNUSUAL
FOR MEXICAN JEWELRY

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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FABULOUS MEXICAN
CLAMPER BRACELET MARKED
W/ HILARIO LOPEZ MARK---
SILVERSMITH WHO WORKED FOR
MARGOT van VOORHIES CARR---
HIS PIECES ARE PROBABLY MADE W/ HER MOLDS---

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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STERLING AND AMETHYST
SET

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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CHARMING PEACOCK
MARKED STERLING MEXICO

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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VERY INTERESTING
MODERN DESIGN---ROCK
CRYSTAL NUGGET ON STERLING
CUFF

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Margot de Taxco bracelet

Compliments of Carol Neitzel

Tias Treasures


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Mexican silver bangle bracelet, Taxco 925 Mexico ARV Sterling.

Courtesy of Carol Neitzel


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Coro Mexican Silver bangle.

Courtesy of Carol Neitzel


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Marked on the back: 925, taxco, mexico and initials, the first one is 'm' the next two are partially covered by the base of the screw-back

Compliments of Jo Sullenger

Glitzy Treasures


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Marked only 'silver, mexico'

Courtesy of Jo Sullenger


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Marked on the back on both, 'sterling, 925, hecho en mexico' and two sets of initials 'd.f' and 'r.b' on one and 'd.f' and r.b.z' on the other

Courtesy of Jo Sullenger


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Mexican Silver Brooch

Compliments of Nicole St-Pierre

Pop Goes My Vintage


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Close up of mark

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Abalone Alpaca Mexican necklace

Courtesy of Nicole St-Pierre


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Mexican brooch pendant

Courtesy of Nicole St-Pierre


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Margot de Taxco fish

Compliments of Nancy Cox

JulyFly's Collectibles at Etsy


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Close up of mark

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Mexican silver Bracelet

Compliments of Kathy Small

Small Treasures on Etsy


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Mexican silver Pendant

Compliments of Evelyn Rowell

magnoliaglitz on eBay


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Mexican silver Earrings

Courtesy of Evelyn Rowell


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Abalone circle set marked Taxco with the 3 eagle mark

Compliments of Lilly Vittetow

Lilly's Vintage Jewelry


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Mexico 925 Silver grapes cuff bracelet

Courtesy of Lilly Vittetow


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Mexico silver purple stones slave bracelet ring

Courtesy of Lilly Vittetow


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Mexico turquoise inlay fishes bracelet

Courtesy of Lilly Vittetow


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Mexico Abalone Butterfly Bracelet

Courtesy of Lilly Vittetow


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Mexico Silver Purple Posion Ring

Courtesy of Lilly Vittetow


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Sterling Mexico Mask pin

Courtesy of Lilly Vittetow


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Personal Collection Poison Ring Belonged to My Grandmother Taxco Mexico 925 and stamped with a 3 inside a shield.

Compliments of Amy Baker

Vintage 55


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Poison ring open

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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Heavy Duty Thick link Bracelet Marked Mexico 925.

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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Large Earrings Turquoise inlay

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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Black Onyx Earrings Stamped 925 Mexican silver Clip earrings

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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Abalone & Sterling 5 Link marked Mexico 925

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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Mexican Silver & Turquoise Bracelet

Compliments of Keith Coulter

JK Tex Mercantile


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Mexican silver Demi

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Mexican silver Earrings

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Mexican Silver Necklace

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Mexican silver & jade Brooch

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Silver and enamel barrette of a Dalmatian dog with a bone, signed Anne Harvey, Mexico.

Compliments of Deb Schneider

Dog Jewelry Museum


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Big Mexican Silver Airdale Pin

Courtesy of Deb Schneider


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Colorful Mexican silver Bracelet

Courtesy of Deb Schneider


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Mexican Seahorse pin

Courtesy of Deb Schneider


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Mexican silver Bracelet

Courtesy of Deb Schneider


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Mexican Silver Pendant..TS-98 is attributed to Blas Sotelo Arce in Mexican Silver by Penny Morrill and Carole Berk.

Compliments of Dianne Lavenburg

Vintage Jewelry Meadow


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Close up of mark

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Margot de Taxco cornflower Earrings

Compliments of Lorna Breshears

Jewelry Addiction


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Close up of mark

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Margot de Taxco enamel daisy necklace

Courtesy of Lorna Breshears


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Mexican Sterling and Crushed Stone Inlay Owl Ring

Compliments of Nancy Brace

Splendors Of the Past


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Hector Aguilar Signed Sterling Brooch:Book Piece

Courtesy of Nancy Brace


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Sterling and Amber Modernist Hinged Cuff Bracelet:Taxco Mexico

Courtesy of Nancy Brace


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Mexican Sterling Silver and Amethyst Face Mask Cabochon Bracelet:Far Fan

Courtesy of Nancy Brace


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Mexico Malachite and Sterling Heart Earrings

Compliments of Melissa Hatfield

Ultimate Adornment & Collectibles


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Mexican Sterling Turquoise Necklace

Courtesy of Melissa Hatfield


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980 Silver Mexico Heart Pendant

Courtesy of Melissa Hatfield