Question marks, whether straight or inverted, seem to have provided a fun, tongue-in-cheeck motif when Taxco maestros were designing earrings. I have seen them hanging off repousse semi-spheres, studded with turquoise cabs and even having cascabeles themselves. Yet this big, bold and beautiful set goes above and beyond its peers. Sculptural repoussage, tiny beading accents and oxidation combine here with gorgeous bezel-set amethyst cabs in a curvaceous, sexy pair of Mexican Deco earrings. Yet it is not just the generous size and exquisite execution that makes these earrings special. They are signed by Ingrid's, a retailer active in the 1930s and 1940s. According to Bille Hougart. Ingrid's was known for its high quality hollowware and jewelry which they commissioned from the best Taxco maestros. And since Chato Castillo's work was also sold through them, who knows if these beauties are not one of his creations? The earrings measure 1 3/4" tall by 1 1/4" wide and weighs 16.5 grams (for the set). They are marked "INGRID'S" and "SILVER" and date in the 1930s-40s. They are in
excellent vintage condition with beautiful craftsmanship and perfect finishing, richly colored amethysts, fantastic patina and no damage or repairs noted.