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Vintage Taxco Mexican Sterling Silver Round Pendant w Amethyst Signed LR


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This is a wonderful sterling silver pendant made in a “sun” form with a pinkish purple amethyst stone in its centre.  The “rays” on the piece have a black indented line through each of them.  The piece has a loop at the top so that it can be worn on a chain as a pendant.  The back of one of the “rays” is stamped “925 Sterling Taxco” along with the number 3 within the Eagle assay mark and the maker’s initials of “LR”.  I have not been able to identify the maker, but the number 3 Eagle mark was shared by some excellent Taxco silversmiths, including Bernice Goodspeed, Sigi, Hector Aguilar, Marciela and Ledesma, but was also used simply as a generic mark denoting Taxco.  The piece measures 2” in diameter and weighs 0.6 oz.  It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear - I have not polished the brooch.  This is a rather interesting design that pre-dates 1979 (when the Eagle system was dropped for a letter and number system).  Nice Mexican silver pendant!