Not very easy to find the specific design of modernist Taxco sterling silver and gemstone earrings by Enrique Ledesma features two generously-sized, color-change sapphires. Mimicking the behavior of alexandrites which change color under different light conditions, the gems are often referred to as “synthetic alexandrites” within the context of vintage Mexican silver jewelry. Yet they are in fact synthetic corundum and at best, they should be identified as “alexandrite simulants”. Their proper naming not withstanding, the gems are gorgeous, the design of the earrings slick and elegant in a way that defies the whims of fashion and the signature they bear one of the best for both lovers of vintage Taxco and modernist jewelry collectors. Measuring 1 1/8” tall by 5/8” wide and weighs 7.9 grams (for the set), the earrings are fully hallmarked with
maker’s signature are shown as well as “TAXCO 925” and Eagle 3 assay mark. They date in the 1950s-60s and are in excellent vintage condition with beautiful stones, nice patina and no damage or repairs noted.