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Circa 1955 Sigi Pineda azurite or chrysocolla sterling bracelet

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Fine Jewelry5369 of 6719How old is this?  Can you help?Unmarked sterling w/green stone bracelet
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Posted 5 years ago


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I believe the stone on this lovely Taxco, Mexico bracelet is Chrysocolla or azurite which is found in California and Mexico. It's not cracked - natural seam shows up in photo. The bracelet was made by Sigi Pineda (circa 1955) It's marked 277 w/Hecho en Mexico and Sterling stamps - plus a round "eagle or logo" stamp and Sigi Taxco. It has a security catch on clasp. Stone measures 1-1/2" square.

From what I read Sigi Pineda produced lots of sterling and stone jewelry.

I researched this particular bracelet about 5 years ago and found a black onyx for $375. just last year I found a red/black example. I bought this in 1995 at San Diego consignment shop for $30.00.

Welzebub thank you for your updated information about the marks.

Mystery Solved


  1. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Its "Pineda." Weird looking chrysoprase, kind of opaque, might just be the photo though.

    It doesn't have to be your exact model of bracelet to find out what its worth, just look at eBay's SOLD listings, highest prices first, and scroll through and see where yours would fit in. It HAS to be the ones that sold though, disregard any auction that didn't, because they tell you nothing. People can ASK whatever amount of money they want, but the actual MARKET is represented by the pieces that sold.
  2. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you for your expertise and corrections - I'm new to Ebay and didn't think to research it there. I looked through my research books again and yes - this is not translucent. Could be a treated chrysocolla - which is mined in Mexico. It's a beautiful green-blue - photo color is right.

    I found this first in a book on Spratling and other Taxco silversmiths - then I found a NY gallery website specializing in those items. It is SO TRUE! An item isn't worth anything until someone buys it and sets the value. On the other hand sentimental value can be priceless.
  3. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you Bellin68 - it was a splurge purchase because I had been laid off due to a buyout of the little weekly newspaper I worked for.
  4. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Pineda is one of the best names in Mexican silver
    Its better to splurge on this one piece than a dozen crappy, unsigned pieces that won't hold their value and would be hard to liquidate if need be.
    Nice buy
  5. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you Stillwater - very true. I'm keeping it for awhile longer.
  6. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    Thank you Newtimes, Kevin, Kerry, woman34, toracat, sarahoff and BHock for loving this. In the words of the great art8jason "It's worth what someone will pay" and I add on "when you are paid what you asked for".
  7. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    Sara thank you or the loving again!
  8. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
    This bracelet in brown and red jasper just sold on ebay for $305.

    Inky thanks for looking and loving my items.
  9. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    Looks a lot like recent tiger eye or fire opal bracelet.
  10. welzebub welzebub, 8 months ago
    The "Eagle mark" with numbers was a mark required by the Mexican government post 1948 on silver. It was used in one of a couple of forms from 1948-1979. It was in essence an assay and origins mark. It was used in some form by everyone making silver jewelry and other items. After 1979 the system was changed to be an alpha-numeric system of marking. The eagle mark on this example is a mark used from 1948-1955. After 1955 the mark was an eagle without the circle. Sigi Pineda pieces are generally found with either a 3, 5, or 36... which is the number on this eagle. The manufacture date of this bracelet would be between 1948-55 based on the style of the mark. The numbers on the eagle had different meanings. 3 was for Taxco, 1 was Mexico City, 16 was for Margo. 36 was used by both Sigi and also Salvador Teran.
  11. welzebub welzebub, 8 months ago
    Yes Lisa.... No Kidding... Nothing but facts there..... :-)

    I thought your statement about "the eagle mark and the small number " should be clarified so that people seeing the mark on other pieces did not assume it "had to be one of the more important jewelry makers."

    It is possible to find a fairly inconsequential piece of Mexican silver from between 1948 & 1955 that has no makers mark but has a 1 on the eagle, simply indicating someone in Mexico City made it.... and not necessarily an important silversmith of the period.
  12. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 8 months ago
    This is a gorgeous piece Val, you could probably triple that price now...
  13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 8 months ago
    Oh yea, you are so right about sentimental pieces, they are invaluable!
  14. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    Thanks czechglass5 for your nice comments. I wear it a lot because green is a favorite color of mine. :-)
  15. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    Thank you welzebub for the research you shared. Altho I didn't "know what I had" when I bought it in 1995, I knew it was very nice. I thought it was from the 80's. It didn't get much love 4 years ago from CW friends. Could be because it looks very modern. Also, because certain styles are popular and then they aren't. Thanks again.
  16. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    Thank you Share for your nice comment - very sentimental to me. Going to keep it for a little while more :-)
  17. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 8 months ago
    You are so welcome! Happy Valentine's Day Valentino!!! ;)
  18. welzebub welzebub, 8 months ago
    You are welcome. Some of the work from that period from Mexico, especially Taxco production spawned by William Spratling, is quite modernist in aesthetic. Without the identifying Eagle style mark it would be difficult to date this piece based solely on it's appearance. I think that is one of the things that gives this style of work such a classically timeless style. Gorgeous piece by the way.....

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