Vintage Mexican Silver heart bracelet signed by MARTINEZ is a stunning and uncommon design executed perfectly by a top designer/ silversmith. The 5 hearts have Niello and scroll work with a ball on the top of each. The hearts are separated by matching three pointed pieces each with three smaller balls. All held together by round and slightly oval o’rings. The construction of this piece makes it seems as if the harts are charms dangling but are in fact held by o’rings from the back - A wonderful creation by a known artist and signed accordingly. The somewhat overly large clasp is part of the design and meant to be seen.
Mark: TAXCO. MARTINEZ. STERLING. Eagle number 3.
Measurements approx. 7” wearable, hearts are 28.8mm high by 19mm wide.
Weighs approx. 43.6 grams.
Condition Excellent vintage condition with no defects to be found. Clasp works well and as indented.
NOTE: A collected artist we still have much to learn about. Highly skilled, great designs all well executed. Not as many of his work on the market as others of the era.
About: Felipe Martinez a former sculptor once worked with Hubert Harmon in the mid 1940’s. He opened his own shop in 1950, Piedra y Plata means Stone and Silver. Marks: MARTINEZ, F. MARTINEZ, PIEDRA Y PLATA. Eagle number 3.