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Antonio Pineda Sterling and Rectangle Onyx  Cufflinks, Circa 1950

Antonio Pineda Sterling and Rectangle Onyx Cufflinks, Circa 1950

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1950: Item # 1429099
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Bold and avant-garde, these silver cufflinks were set by hand with onyx and silver and with their classic rectangle on rectangle design, look like they might have been made today, and not 7 decades ago. Perfect for the office or a any occasion, our cufflinks are hallmarked and attributed to Antonio Pineda, an internationally renowned Mexican silversmith and jewelry artist who plied his trade in Taxco, Mexico. Apprenticed to the renown William Spratling in the early 1930s, Antonio emerged from the famous artist movement that was spawned during this time. He is considered one of the esteemed silversmiths to hail from the artist's colony known as Taxco in the middle part of the 20th century and is well known today for his "wearable art". After 1953, Antonio Piñeda began to use the "Antonio, Taxco" inside a crown hallmark, as shown in photos. The silver is hallmarked 970, otherwise known as 97% pure silver. Antonio Piñeda prefered to use in silver and natural local materials. He also liked geometry; the shapes he used in his jewelry are highly geometric and rooted in neoclassicism. Note the symmetry of the cufflinks and that his pairs are never duplicates, but crafted as left and right mirror images, so they point in the right direction on the wearer's wrist. Bullet-back closures mean these can turn 360 degrees on their hinge and fit through any size sleeve hole, and go on and come off the sleeve with ease.