Declared a UNESCO
World Heritage Site in 1988, Guanajuato is one of the many amazing cities
in Mexico. It is built on steep hills with houses painted of colours
that you can only imagine. It is the birthplace and the first place
of insights for the muralist Diego Rivera. Underground rivers were
turned into roads so it is a city of tunnels beneath the narrow winding
cobbled streets. Mountains surround it. It is a university
town full of music, poetry, art, science and festivals.
A unique style of jewellery
is made here. It is influenced by the Churrigueresque ornament of
the churches of that region. (see "Mexican Jewelry" by Mary Davis
and Greta Pack) Pieces are built by adding different layers of design,
largely in silver or in different colours of gold contrasting with each
other. They were originally set with turquoise and pearls.
These new ones have glass and artificial pearls, but if you wanted to bring
pieces closer to the past, these could easily be replaced by a jeweller.
There are often flowers
and birds on the pieces, or baskets. All are intriguing.
In this area, parts of the
earrings are cast and cut with dies. Some pieces are attached by
soldering and others by fine silver wires running through. All of
the silver work is sterling grade, and the gold is 10karat. All of
the measurements below are from the top of the earring hook to the bottom
of the pendants.
And - these are all more
substantial than they look on the photos.
GUAN.01. 2 1/4 inches tall. $85.US.
GUAN.02. 2 1/4 inches tall. $95.US.
GUAN.03. 2 1/2 inches tall. $95.US. (sold)
GUAN.04. 3 inches tall. $110.US.
GUAN.05. 1 3/8 inches tall. $45.US.
GUAN.06. 1 7/8 inches tall. $48.US.
GUAN.07. 2 7/8 inches tall. $85.US.
GUAN.08. 2 7/8 inches tall. $110.US.
GUAN.09. 3 1/8 inches tall. $135.US.
GUAN.10. 2 3/8 inches tall. $95.US.
GUAN.11. 2 3/8 inches tall. $95.US.
GUAN.12. 1 3/4 inches tall. $120.US.
GUAN.13. 1 5/8 inches tall. 10K gold. $500.US.
GUAN.14. 1 1/8 inches tall. 10k gold. $235.US.
GUAN.15. 1 1/2 inches tall. 10k gold. $240.US.
GUAN.16. 1 3/8 inches tall. 10k gold. $320.US.
GUAN.17. 1 1/16 inches tall. 10k gold. $235.US.
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.....the Americas including preColumbian
.....Modern copies of ancient objects
.....Odds and ends