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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 09, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

DESCRIPTION : This is a MAGNIFICENT sterling silver bracelet that was handwrought in Taxco, Mexico, circa 1950's, by EMMA MELENDEZ. EMMA MELENDEZ is the niece of Maestro Rafael Melendez ~ Emma opened her shop in 1953 ~ it was described as "a small and beautiful shop, with fixed prices for your advantage and situated downtown on the left side of our main parish church" (Silva, 1958). Her shop closed in 1971. Jose Luis Flores, Victor Jaimez, Francisco Rivera and Miguel Garcia Martinez are a few of the designers/silversmiths who produced for EMMA.

This magnificent bracelet is masterfully crafted in a very classical Taxco design with an art deco look. The bracelet consists of six thick, flowing silver links with gorgeous incised designs and sterling ball accents. The incised designs are heavily oxidized which highlights the silverwork beautifully. The clasp is a tongue and box closure that works perfectly and closes with a crisp 'click' ~ t is an attached safety chain. This bracelet is a masterpiece ~ art-to-wear at it's finest ~ a very collectible, signed, and fully hallmarked vintage bracelet. The design is classically elegant and timeless ~ the quality and craftsmanship are as good as it gets ~ simply THE BEST!!!

SIZE: Inside circumference when closed is 7-1/2", width is 5/8", and weight is 35 grams.

CONDITION : Superior vintage condition ~ no dings/dents to silver domed balls or silverwork which is amazing for a piece that is about 50 years old ~ no damage noted ~ just about PERFECT!

HALLMARKS : "STERLING, TAXCO, EMMA, 971 (inventory or design number)" the hallmark is worn but most is legible. EMMA/Emma Melendez is shown on page 116 of Bille Hougart's highly respected source book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks (2006 edition).

PL EASE NOTE: Mexican vintage silver jewelry is hand wrought, and tfore, not perfectly symmetrical ~ each piece will have variances that indicate that the piece is hand made ~ this does not constitute damage. Please look at all of the photos provided as they are a part of the description. Vintage pieces will show various signs of wear since they have been pre-loved ~ items are described to the best of my ability and any known damage will be noted.

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