Circa mid-century, this necklace from Sigi Pineda is a rare find. One seldom comes across his work which is signed "Plateros", so named for his first shop which he opened in 1952.
Sigi Pineda was only 12 years old when he became an apprentice for Los Casitllo. After only three years he became a master. In 1949-1950, Sigi joined Margot van Voorhies Carr in her shop Margot de Taxco, where he eventually began working in enamel - later teaching this work to other silversmiths. Sigi opened his own shop, "Plateros", in 1952, and only used the "Plateros" hallmark on his earliest piece. He quickly renamed the shop "Sigi", and used the "Sigi Tasco" mark from then on.
This neck collar has the classic signature style of Sigi Pineda. The stone melds seamlessly into the silver design with an edgy modernist tilt. The sides of the necklace are hinged and swing open wide to fit easily over the neck. This piece is meant to be worn as a choker, and it lays perfectly upon the neck. Closure is a tight and secure tongue in box. The stone itself is a dense green with varying shades, and is likely either malachite or chrysocolla.
Closed, wearable length is 14".
Weight is 97.4 grams.
Signed and hallmarked "Plateros Taxco", "Made in Mexico Sterling", with the design # 254 and an eagle assay too worn to see.
In very good vintage condition. There are some surface cracks in the stone, but nothing which is loose or detracts. This is a magnificent piece which looks fabulous on the neck.