Vintage Federico Jimenez Jewelry Mexican Earrings Silver Turquoise Hoop Earrings for Women

$448.00

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These hoop earrings are by master silversmith Federico Jimenez of Mexico. From a website about this renowned artist: "Federico comes from the tiny village of Tututepec, Mexico. When he was 12 years old he accidentally set fire to a nativity set in his village. His family was pressured into sending him to live in the city of Oaxaca. He returned to Tututepec in his late teens. He and his Father discovered a big pot when they were repairing the foundation of their home. Inside was a pre-Columbian Mixtec Indian pectoral (a chest ornament) with strands of gold, turquoise and shell that had been secretly buried by his family. Later when he worked for the Anthropological Museum he learned that the village had once been the kingdom of the Mixtecs and his great-grandfather had probably been their chief. During his years in Oaxaca he developed an appreciation for antiques from a girlfriend whose family were avid collectors. After finding the pectoral he became interested in collecting antiques and started going village-to-village searching and collecting jewelry and Indian costumes. A few years later he met his future wife who was with a group of American anthropologists. She said, 'If you love me, you’ll follow me'. So he followed her to Los Angeles where he hit all the big swap meets, buying, selling, trading and building his inventory. He also built up a private collection of Mexican jewelry that he claims is the world’s largest as it incorporates pieces from contemporary, colonial and pre-Columbian periods. He organizes exhibitions and acquires items for UCLA’s Museum of Cultural History and the National Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. He displays many pieces of his jewelry in the Anthropological Museum in Mexico City." Jimenez still designs jewelry--his latest designs are amazing cluster earrings--and this particular pair is from the late 1970s/early 80s. They are large and somewhat heavy hoops, made with an ingot of silver shaped almost all the way around, a small opening so that they look almost fully round when worn. One end ends in a post, and on the front is inlaide crushed turquoise, the colors varying from light blue to bright blue to a blue green. Crushed turquoise has to be stabilized and held within the silver border, so there is injected resin to keep it in place. The earrings are stunning, but that is no surprise given who made them.

Each earring measures 2-1/4" in diameter and if you take a tape measure all the way around the outside they are 6-1/2" not including the post. Carry a 925 stamp as well as Jimenez's unique cursive JF hallmark. There are scratches on the silver and turquoise surface, as would be expected of a vintage piece. The crushed turquoise inlay is solidly seated.

Artistic mastery from a master artist.

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