This is a large and very striking pair of vintage Mexican silver and enamel earrings by MIGUEL ARIAS of Taxco, formerly an enamellist for Margot de Taxco.
The earrings are shaped like large flames or leaf fronds with the design outlined in silver and filled with a glossy guilloche enamel of brilliant turquoise-sky blue over a dotted bed. Dating to before 1948, they are fitted with screwbacks positioned so that most of the bottom swirl remains below the ear lobe with the remainder curling up the ear.
These are large earrings: 4 cm (just over 1.5″) high by 2 cm (0.75″) wide.
Only one of these Miguel Arias earrings is marked. It is stamped with the number “5402” and two circular marks, one of which has “925” at the centre with “ARIAS” just readable above, and the top of the “X” and “CO” of Taxco visible below. The other circular mark has “[HE]CHO E[N]” at centre with “MEXICO” just readable below. There is no eagle mark or “T” number on either earring indicating that they date to before 1948.
Excellent vintage condition.
There is no damage to the enamel – it is bright, glossy and intact with no scuffing (any odd-looking areas are reflections). On one earring (pictured left) there are two tiny dark spots at top edge of the enamel which are tiny “missed spots” – not at all noticeable but mentioned for accuracy. The screwbacks are in very good working order, holding securely. There is heavy tarnishing on the backs – the earrings have not been cleaned.