One of Taxco’s early maestros, Beto created jewelry that exhibits very good craftsmanship and he was particularly good at combining sterling silver with semi-precious stones. Quite often, he copied designs by some of his more famous contemporaries thus affording us the opportunity to own the alternative to a “big signature” piece without having to break the proverbial bank. The silver and amethyst necklace at hand is just such an example. Based on an Antonio Pineda original, it features half bar links, the all-silver ones with ribbon overlay while the rest housing foiled amethysts. Measuring a wearable 16 1/2” long by 5/16” wide, it weighs 45.7 grams and is marked with maker’s signature as shown as well as “TAXCO 925”, “STERLING HECHO EN MEXICO” and Eagle 3 assay mark. It dates in the 1950s-60s and is in excellent vintage condition with great patina (you can always polish to a higher sheen, if desired), with beautiful color in the amethyst half-bars that are in great shape as well, with no damage and no repairs noted.