Founded in 1956 by a former shop manager for William Spratling, Rancho Alegre stayed in business until 1985 and it became known as a retailer for high quality jewelry by some of Taxco's best maestros. The mixed metals cuff bracelet and earrings I am presenting here is a classic for the period and impeccably crafted. Silver and brass combine in an iconic design, grape leaves and clusters of fruit. Perfectly finished, with a three-dimensional quality that is further enhanced by the warm patina of time, the set is signed by A.L., a listed yet still unidentified Taxco silversmith whose work was quite often sold through Rancho Alegre.The cuff has an inner circumference of 6 7/8" (including the 1 1/4" gap) and is 1 3/4" wide at center front. The earrings are 1" square and the set weighs 67.3 grams. It is marked on the cuff with maker's initials "A.L." as well as "STERLING TAXCO 925" while the earrings are marked "RANCHO ALEGRE" and "TAXCO 925". The set dates in the 1950s-60s and is in excellent vintage condition, exhibiting craftsmanship of the highest caliber, having great patina, a lovely combination of silver and brass, with no damage or repairs noted.