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Book review: Mexican Silver Jewelry Details

As it grows in popularity and as a collectible, Mexican silver jewelry has been the topic of several books, but arguably none with the scope and depth of Leslie Piña's Mexican Silver Jewelry Details.

Mexican Silver Jewelry Details
Leslie Piña
www.schifferbooks.com

As it grows in popularity and as a collectible, Mexican silver jewelry has been the topic of several books, but arguably none with the scope and depth of Leslie Piña's Mexican Silver Jewelry Details.

Artistic quality and variety can vary significantly in this field, and Piña provides broad coverage of the craftsmanship dedicated to this imaginative art form. Chapters are devoted to brooches and pendants, earrings and cufflinks, bracelets and necklaces, jewelry sets, and other assorted pieces.

The book focuses on 20th-century jewelry, particularly those pieces made from the 1930s through the 1970s. Piña includes examples of top designer creations, popular hallmarked silver jewelry created by unknown or lesser-known makers, and even mass-produced tourist trinkets.

Identifying information and value ranges accompany the 1,150 close-up color photos, which clearly identify hallmarks and design details. Both beginning and experienced collectors will appreciate the bibliography, index, glossary of related terms, and illustrated section on hallmarks.

At more than 300 pages, this hefty hardcover may not fit easily into a travel bag, but if you're headed to Taxco or anywhere south of the border to add to your jewelry collection, the information in this book may be worth its weight in gold.

 

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