Item # 747E - Vintage Mexican Hollow Silver Half Bead Clip On Earrings by Los Castillo

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Item # 747E - Vintage Mexican Hollow Silver Half Bead Clip On Earrings by Los Castillo

39.95

Nice vintage Mexican hollow silver half bead clip on earrings. Even though they look fairly simple, the hollow silver pieces are one of the hardest things to make in metal jewelry. Getting the seam soldered just right without any noticeable soldering spots is much harder than it looks after the piece is finished. The silversmith finished the earrings by attaching a spring loaded ear clip to each earring. The Los Castillo company was formed in 1939 by Antonio Castillo and his brothers and has been a leading jewelry shop in Taxco, Mexico since. They have employed some of the top silversmiths in Mexico over the years.

The earring half beads each measure 1/2" diameter and are 5/16" thick. They weigh 2.9 grams each (5.8 grams for the set). One earring has been stamped STERLING with the other stamped LOS CASTILLO - TAXCO. Both of the clips have been stamped STERLING. There's no Eagle Mark (A form of tracking developed by the Mexican Government which helps determine age and silversmith) so they could either be made prior to 1948 or after 1980? Considering the clip on clasp I would guess prior to 1948. Most earrings after 1980 have studs attached for pierced ears.  $39.95

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Taxco de Alarcón (usually referred to as simply “Taxco”) (Spanish  [ta'ksco] (help·info)) is a small city and administrative center of a municipality of the same name (Taxco de Alarcón) located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. The name Taxco is most likely derived from the Nahuatl word tlacheco, which means “place of the ballgame.” However, one interpretation has the name coming from the word tatzcowhich means “where the father of the water is,” due to the high waterfall near the town center on Atatzin Mountain. “De Alarcón” is in honor of writer Juan Ruiz de Alarcónwho was a native of the town. Like many municipalities in central Mexico, the municipality’s coat-of-arms is an Aztec glyph. This glyph is in the shape of aMesoamerican ballcourt with rings, players and skulls, derived from the most likely source of Taxco’s name.

The city is heavily associated with silver, both with the mining of it and other metals and for the crafting of it into jewelry, silverware and other items. This reputation, along with the city’s picturesque homes and surrounding landscapes have made tourism the main economic activity as the only large-scale mining operation here is coming to a close.  (wikipedia)