VINTAGE EMMA MELENDEZ TAXCO SILVER EARRINGS
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Pre 1950: item # 1036473
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Taxco Treasures Jewelry + Artifacts
The design and workmanship of these exquisite earrings was made by one of Taxco's great masters, Emma Melendez. In Billie Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks, she explains that Emma Melendez was the neice of another famous silversmith, Maestro Rafael Melendez. She started her own shop, Plateria y Curiosidades in 1953. About 1954, Emma hired her first silversmith to help produce her designs. Others worked for Emma producing a great deal of the silver pieces and one was Jose Luis Flores (JLF) who made these earrings. They are marked, "Sterling, Taxco, Emma, JLF". They weigh 16.7 grams, are clip backs, and in excellent vintage condition. The original backs could have been screw backs and the clips replaced them because there is an area on the back that looks that this may have been the case. Whoever did it, however, did an excellent job because it's very hard to be certain and the marks were left intact. The graceful swirls and incising is reminiscent of ostrich feathers with tiny silver balls sprinkled at points along the edge. They measure approximately 2-1/8" tall x 1-1/4" wide. These could be cast or fabricated/constructed. It is difficult to tell because the workmanship is so meticulous. They are in perfect vintage condition. There is no damage whatsoever - no dings, bends, or any other marks. These are magnificent works of art by one of the well-known Taxco masters and should add to the collection of someone who appreciates the level of expertise and history that these represent.