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Taxco silversmith

Postby emilyrosemary » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:55 pm

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read and look. I am seeking information on a ring I have from Taxco, Mexico (925). I am trying to find out who the silversmith was and cannot make out the stamp of the silversmith. The gem in the ring changes colors from purple to bright green in certain sunlight. It may be synthetic Alexandrite? The ring is maybe 4 carats. I am interested in any information or opinions on this ring. For the purpose of this forum, I am mainly interested in finding out who the silversmith is.

Thank you again,

Emily

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Re: Taxco silversmith

Postby emilyrosemary » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:15 pm

Here are two more pics. Any information appreciated! Thank you!

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Re: Taxco silversmith

Postby ValkyrieVixen » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:03 pm

The mark looks like it was mis-stamped and has the eagle mark over it. I have had several similar rings, it is synthetic/lab created Alexandrite, some were marked Sanchez, some J-S and some Faus, they all tend to do large marquis stone rings although this setting is a bit unusual. Hard to tell if the mark is one of those be but maybe it will give you something to look into.
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Re: Taxco silversmith

Postby emilyrosemary » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:32 pm

Thank you! A very good lead, indeed. I had not considered a mis-stamping. The stamp is very elaborate, unlike most marks I have seen. Sometimes I see a "4M" in it, which makes no sense- TM? followed by a symbol I cannot make out. I was kind of hoping that the very last portion of the intricate symbol was a William Spratling stamp. I wonder what the meaning behind a mis-stamping would be. I had originally thought the ring to be crafted between 1935-1945 because of the 925 stamp and no "sterling" stamp, but had not considered that the stamp of the eagle to be on this piece and will look into it. Where time frame would you consider? I will continue digging. Any other thoughts appreciated.

Much thanks!

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Re: Taxco silversmith

Postby ValkyrieVixen » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:56 pm

I bet it's Faus R, here is one of the Alexandrite rings I had by that name, I never found any further info. Notice the X in Taxco is the same. I see the eagle 3 at the far right of the mark, covering it, so that dates it 55-79 but my guess would be 70's.
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Re: Taxco silversmith

Postby emilyrosemary » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:27 pm

Yes, I see the eagle mark now when I turn the ring. The bezel on my ring is very different from the one you posted. I am seeking out further examples of Faus R stamps online now and possibly rings with bezels similar to mine. Thank you! You have been a tremendous help. I have dedicated myself to the investigation of my ring.

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Re: Taxco silversmith

Postby emilyrosemary » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:42 pm

ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR IDEAS? I AM STILL NOT RESOLVED, STILL SEEKING OPINIONS, HUNCHES, INCLINATIONS!

THANK YOU,

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