As rare-as-can-be not just for its signature but also for the black opal baguettes it showcases, this vintage Mexican silver architectural ring was created by Carmen Beckmann. Beckmann is reported in the literature to have worked primarily in the 1950s and 1960s in San Miguel de Allende and her jewelry can vary from inspired to simply good. When she was at her most creative though, she made pieces that are to die for! This ring is, in my opinion, one of those moments of hers. It's as if its stark sterling geometry, strong and imposing, was put there to protect the tiny little fires burning in the depths of the black opal tiles forming the ring's square face. If you are looking for the rare, the unusual and the unique, look no further. The ring is a sz 8.75 US with its face measuring 7/8" square and with a 1/4" rise. It weighs 13.1 grams and is fully signed with Beckmann's name as well as "STERLING" and "MEXICO". It dates in the 1950s-60s and is in excellent vintage condition with fantastic color, hidden purple, red and yellow fires in the opal tiles which are all there and secure in their place, with great presence, no damage and no repairs noted.