Maestros de Taxco Vintage Mexican Silver Jewelry
Mexican Pre Columbian Bead Gold Earrings

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Maestros de Taxco
PO Box 853
Newbury Park, CA 91319-853

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Mexican Pre Columbian Bead Gold Earrings
These are extraordinary earrings, unique custom made. The earrings are composed with some of the rarest Pre Columbian beads. The beads are rock crystal, turquoise and shell. The beads come from very old excavated finds in Western Mexico, in the State of Colima. The cultures that flourished in the region correspond to the Pre Classic period ~300 BCE. What makes these exceptional is not only their age (Pre Mayan culture) but also the the materials. Shell is characteristic of the period and was obtained at the time from spondylus shell (spiny oyster); the rock crystal is very very rare find from this period since these Pre Classic cultures did not have metal tools. Rock crystal is extremely hard and each bead is probably a true testament to their skill to cut and polish a very hard material with only natural abrasives and real elbow grease. Finally there are gorgeous pieces of turquoise, exceptional in color. In the Colima region of Mexico there were no turquoise mines and all the turquoise used by these ancient cultures was brought i trade what is now Northern Mexico, New Mexico and Arizona. So I like to imagine these beads were extremely precious as the raw material had to be mined and brought by foot to Colima and traded with the bead makers of the regain. Perhaps turquoise was trade for spondylus which was highly valued by the Anazasi. So there is enormous beauty and profound history of each bead in these earrings. Made on 14k on wire and chain for the beads. Each earring has three chain strands with various Pre Columbian beads. Each bead is Pre Columbian and they are guaranteed authentic. COLLECTOR QUALITY

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