One of the best Taxco maestros, Gerardo Lopez must have worked for either the Los Castillo or Margot de Taxco, possibly even both, because for his jewelry he uses many of the designs that those two famous workshops also used. Lopez can be very creative at combining familiar motifs in completely new ways and when he designs his own, original jewelry, he quite often touches upon the brilliant. Comprised of slightly convex, highly oxidized links with figural silver overlay, the bracelet at hand looks back to Mexico’s rich archeological past for inspiration. Ancient Maya and Aztec glyphs, the figures represent divinities and stylized animals - I recognize Quetzalcoatl, the proud head of an eagle, and Ozomahtli, the monkey, among them. Carefully crafted, perfectly finished, a pleasure to wear and to behold, the bracelet is 7” long (wearable) by 15/16” wide and weighs 44.3 grams. It is marked with maker’s signature as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING 0.925” and Eagle 26 assay mark. It dates in the 1950s-60s and is in
excellent vintage condition with great patina, its oxidation in fantastic shape, crisp (even sculptural in a way) figural overlay and no damage or repairs noted.