Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite Taxco maestros. I believe his talent and workmanship to have been of the same caliber as that of his more famous contemporaries and I am always on the look out for his jewelry. Based on his work, I believe that he must have worked for at least the Los Castillo and/or Margot de Taxco and his prowess in the art of repoussage supports the hypothesis. But he didn't limit himself to the more "straightforward" kind of silversmithing - I have had enameled pieces by him in the past and today, I am presenting a fantastic "metales casados" (mixed metals) brooch. Just look at this treasure: on the back, it looks as clean and stunning as in the front! This is one of the "cleanest", neatest, most seamless examples of this difficult technique I have ever seen and it is worthy of the best collections. It measures 2" tall by 1 3/4" wide, weighs 12.7 grams and is signed with maker's name as shown as well as "STERLING 925" and "HECHO EN TAXCO". It dates in the 1940s and is in excellent vintage condition with soft, silky patina, boasting some of the best "mixed metals" work I have seen with the figural design showing clearly on the back as well, with no damage and no repairs noted.