This wonderful Mexican silver, signed necklace is bold and iconic Matl. It is designed with amethysts that are faceted in a pyramid shape as well as flat. Natural cabochon cut turquoise are brilliantly used for accent color.
Matilde Poulat was an acclaimed artisan, with the stature of Aguilar, Antonio and Los Castillo. She enjoyed a wide following including Frieda Kahlo. Working side by side with her nephew Ricardo Salas, they created distinctive, hand wrought silver jewelry bearing the signature of Matl. This necklace most likely dates from the 1960's, as the signature is Matl Salas. When Maestra Matilde Poulat died in 1960, her nephew then signed the jewelry Matl Salas.
The necklace is large , measuring 20 1/ 4 inches long X 1 1/4 inches wide. It is designed to be worn draped , almost like a collar, but can easily be shortened if desired. The patina is original and condition is excellent. The amethysts have the characteristic inclusions that were deliberately chosen and the turquoise have the typical slight variation of color from aging. It is a dramatic necklace softened by the beautiful play of color.
The design of this necklace is pictured in the book, Mexican Silver by Morrill and Berk,on page 216.