Very reminiscent of the work Taxco maestro Mateo created in the 1970s and 1980s, this fine, 950 silver Mexican ring is signed by a different, unidentified maker yet its quality and strong presence make it one of the best examples of the form I have seen lately. The sculptural, substantial setting is complemented by the malachite’s rich, vibrant liquidity while the design’s recesses have been oxidized to enhance the sense of depth and dimension. If you love statement rings, this one is for you. Currently a sz 6 US (yet easily resizable) with a face measuring 1 1/8” N-S and 1” E-W, the ring has a rise of approx. 1/4” and weighs 5.2 grams. It is hallmarked with
maker’s registration code “TM-175” as well as “MEXICO” and “950”; there is an additional mark, probably a maker’s signature, but it’s only partially stamped. It dates in the 1980s and is in
excellent vintage condition with strong, rich colors and wonderful striations in the malachite, beautiful silver-work, eye-catching design and no damage or repairs noted.