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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Día de los Muertos
Dancing Couple Taxco Silver Pendant-Brooch

Dia de Los Muertos
  - or Day of the Dead – is a popular holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. It is also celebrated by people of Mexican ancestry living in other countries – namely the United States. As a multi-day holiday and festival, Dia de Los Muertos pays homage and respect to friends and family members that have passed away. The holiday unites friends, loved ones, and neighbors in celebrating the passing of relatives – instead of mourning them. In fact, the celebration consists of dancing, extravagant costumes and silver jewelry to keep away evil spirits, and especially great food and drink.  In 2008, UNESCO officially honored this annual Mexican holiday, which helps support the spiritual journeys of the deceased and is marked by nationwide dances, parades, and much more.

Holiday Origins and Traditions
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Dia de Los Muertos, of course, is a public holiday in Mexico – that dates back to the 16th century. Before Spanish colonization, the celebration primarily took place in the beginning of summer. However, the holiday became associated with October 31, November 1, and November 2 to correlate with the Western Christian traditions of Halloween and All Saints/Souls Day. Traditions between the Western and Mexican holidays also complimented each other – especially when it came to donning extravagant costumes and even sterling silver jewelry to ward off evil spirits or apparitions. Like in other Mexican cities, Taxco celebrates the holiday with traditional private altars called ofrendas. These are built to honor the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods or snacks of the departed.
Like other faiths and religions, Mexicans also mark the holiday by leaving possessions of the deceased at their respective graves. This practice is even observed in other nations where they also leave ornaments and even jewelry to mark the passing of their loved ones and friends. These items are then given to the cemetery staff to keep or to submit as charitable donations.

Celebrated Across the World
According to scholars, the modern Mexican holiday dates back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival. This event was dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, and was primarily observed by the indigenous people and tribes of Mexico. The holiday has since spread across the word – and many cultures have utilized Dia de Los Muertos as a model for honoring their own relatives and friends that have passed on. In Mexico, the holiday has become a national symbol, which is taught at several schools. The celebration is also intertwined with All Saints Day, which is associated with the Catholic Church.

Holiday Observance Jewelry
Decorated Mexican Silver Skull Ring

Like Mardi gras and other popular holidays, Dia de Los Muertos is observed by wearing vibrant and innovative jewelry. While families gather to honor the dead –they also celebrate with parades, music, foods, drinks, and national festival parties. These events feature people of all ages wearing costumes, along with innovative and creative jewelry to express their feelings and pay respect to fallen loved ones and friends. Some of the more popular jewelry sets and accessories include but are not limited to:
* Colorful Day of the Dead charm bracelets.
* Sugar Skull earrings, anklets, and sparking necklaces.
* Cross Skull charm bracelets, rings, and chains.
* Sterling silver ornaments and lavish jewelry sets.

From Taxco, Mexico, to Spain and America, Dead of the dead jewelry continues to soar in global popularity. With so many styles and designs to choose from, families are truly able to cherish their memories of their love ones with singing, dancing, music and specially jewelry and accessories worn in their honor.
The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is similar to other culture's observances of a time to honor the dead. The Spanish tradition included festivals and parades, as well as gatherings of families at cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Organizing your Precious Jewelry

Handcrafted Taxco Silver Jewelry

So you are a big fan of jewelry, you may not have anything that cost you a fortune exactly but apart from money value there is often tremendous emotional value attached to these pieces. There is your first pair of sterling silver ear hoops your mother bought you for your 13th birthday, the exquisite vintage Mexican onyx pendant you saved up for ages to buy so you could wear it to your prom, or perhaps the handcrafted silver bracelet set with Malachite your husband gave you when you were first dating. It doesn’t matter what a broker would give for the trinkets you have. For you it’s a treasure that makes you feel richer than the Queen of England.

The question arises: how do you organize all these pieces so they don’t get damaged and to make sure you have no problem finding them when in a hurry? This is what I am going to help you out with in this article. Read on below for some great tips on how to organize your jewelry:

Tip No. 1: Put all the jewelry on a table and carefully look through it. Are there any pieces that are broken? Anything that is mismatched or belong in a museum? Get rid of it.

Tip No. 2: The pieces that can still be redeemed despite being broken or damaged, fix them!

Tip No. 3: Clean the sterling silver jewelry with a silver polish. Another amazing way of cleaning it is to rub it with toothpaste. Do it the old fashioned way using a toothbrush. Reach into all the cracks and details. When you are satisfied, rinse and dry.

Tip No. 4: If you own any gold or platinum jewelry, clean it by diluting 2 tablets of Alka-Seltzer in approximately 250 ml water (a glassful I should say). Dip the jewelry in this solution for 2 minutes.

Tip No. 5: Again, for gold or platinum jewelry, you can make a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid and soak it. After several minutes, take out the jewelry and rinse it. Dry with a lint-free cloth.

Tip No. 6: Like items must be stored together. You can keep especially expensive or fragile items in their original packing. It is best to keep silver jewelry in jewelry pouches or in jewelry boxes that have thick felt lining.

Tip No. 7: Invest in a small but nice looking jewelry box that you can store everyday jewelry pieces in. Like your rings and small studs and hoops in. It would also make for an excellent ornament for your dresser.

Tip No. 8: To store your gold, copper, platinum or silver chains run them through a straw ensuring you fasten the clasp. This will prevent any knots from forming.

Tip No. 9: Get a mug tree for hanging your sterling silver necklaces putting the longer ones on the top-most branches.

Tip No. 10:  If you are looking for a really cheap but safe way of storing your  jewelry, specially silver jewelry, since it can be scratched easily, and it can tarnish very quickly, get ziplock bags. Buy really small ones to separate the different pieces and you’ll still be able to see what’s inside giving you easy access.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jewelry and Clothing - Securing the Perfect Combination

Jewelry and clothing simply go hand in hand. While we define our particular styles through the clothes we don – accessories also play a pivotal role in showcasing our distinct and unique flares. From 
sterling silver pendants and charm bracelets to necklaces and even anklets – jewelry will always have a place at the fashion table. In fact, jewelry helps us tap into a myriad of fashionable trends – and while part of the overall style equation – how does one secure the perfect combination between apparel and accessories? According to industry experts, it is simply a matter of knowing which jewelry set or pieces works and effectively matches your personal décor.
Each Jewelry Piece Must Match the Occasion – and your particular taste
While there are no rules set in stone, today’s trendier styles tend to be less conventional than decades past. In fact, the digital age has seen a strong resurgence in wild and almost outlandish outfits and jewelry sets. No truer is this then when it comes to the fashion Mecca of the world – New York City. In recent years, the Big Apple has seen a strong return of charm and silver bracelets hanging on many a wrist. These accessories seem to go with practically anything you want to wear, including the sexiest nightclub outfits to conservative business suits.
Another past player has returned in a dramatic way as well. This, of course, is the traditional brooch, which is now being sported by countless men and women across NYC and the world. The brooch represents style and sophistication – while truly capturing the allure and essence of traditional jewelry wear. In a nutshell, no matter which jewelry piece you select, it should reflect your innermost tastes and preferences. However, it should also match your outfit and correlate with the occasion at hand.
Less is more – or is it?
When it comes to syncing your jewelry and wardrobe, the “less is more” approach always seems to work. In fact, you do not need overly large or extravagant jewelry just to make a fashion statement. For example: wearing a thin silver or gold necklace with a black dress is the perfect way to showcase style and class. The same can also be said for men that wear geometric or futuristic watches to enhance their look and appeal. In many ways, the more streamlined, polished, and centralized your look – the easy it is on the eyes.
There are some, however, that completely disagree with the current trends and norms. In fact, many of these individuals – both women and men – love testing the waters of jewelry and clothing combinations. This includes wearing long necklaces over ties for men, along with mix and match sets for women. Another popular constant is to choose jewelry that not only matches your clothes but also your skin tone. In fact, metals and gems can truly illuminate your natural skin tones, while enhancing your inner and outer beauty as well. There are a myriad of jewel stones and gems to select from: sapphire, amethyst, gold, and especially silver.
Handcrafted Mexican Silver and Turquoise Choker

While turquoise can bring out the natural color of your eyes, gold is considered perfect for brunettes. Silver seems to go with anything and everything – including casual apparel, sports attire and even the latest evening and social wear. From lavish and elegant dresses to trendy and fashionable suits, jewelry can truly accentuate and enhance the look of any designer or homemade outfit. It’s simply a matter of finding the right items and accessories that not only looks right – but makes you feel great as well.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wearing Mexican silver pins and brooches

Pins and brooches from Mexico

Pins and brooches made from Mexican silver by local artisans are a great addition to your accessory collection. They are elegant with a unique flair. If you’re unsure of how to wear a pin in your everyday life, we have a few suggestions.

How to wear pins and brooches

Ditch the standard practice of wearing a pin on the outside of a jacket or sweater. Here are a few new and cute ways to pin it.
  1. Lapel- To add something extra to a plain work outfit place a pin on your shirt. Wear your smaller, more delicate pins on the lapel of a plain dress shirt or blouse.
  2. Scarf- While running errands, pin a brooch to your scarf. It can work double duty by making your outfit more stylish and even holding your scarf closed.
  3. Straps- For that little black dress, a pin to the strap will make your outfit look more put-together.

Mexican silver jewelry wholesale

For all your Mexican silver jewelry shop at Mexico Sterling. Selling both contemporary and vintage pieces, you’re sure to find a piece that suits your style. For any inquiries, contact Mexico Sterling at (510)235-5859.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Interesting Facts About Amber

Amber is one of the world's most treasures: the transparent substance looks like a gem, but it is not completely of the earth as gems are. Amber began its existence as resin that often trapped insects, then over millions of years, the substance, with the insects still trapped inside, became fossilized. Prized for its beauty as well as its scientific interest, amber enhances its value by preserving an instant in time from millions of years ago.
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Simojovel, Chiapas, is one of the world's top three sites for the most sought amber (the other two are Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and, broadly, the coast of the Baltic sea). Chiapas is the southernmost state in Mexico and runs along the border with Guatemala. Simojovel amber is clear with colors ranging from a bright golden color to blood-red. Simojovel amber is well known for the primeval insects found locked within it. The amber and its insects date from the late Oligocene to Early Miocene epochs, 23 to 30 million years ago. Mayan artifacts often include amber, and in the latter days of the Mayan culture, many of these artifacts were paid to the Aztecs in tribute.

Scientists say amber is the petrified resin of trees. Resin should not be confused with sap, which is "the blood" of trees that circulates through the a tree to circulate the nutrients derived from the soil by the roots as well as the sweet products of photosynthesis from the leaves. Resin, meanwhile, serves no purpose in the distribution of nutrition through trees. It seeps out the  surfaces of certain trees like pine trees. Yet even scientists do not know what purpose these divine tears of  solar godesses serve.

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On rare occasion, resin falls into a place in nature deep in the earth. High pressure and temperatures modify the resin molecularly so they form long chains or polymers—in other words fossilized amber becomes a substance much like a hard and enduring plastic.
It's important to remember that although amber is a fossil, it doesn't have the durability of stone fossils. Amber will dissolve in in alcohol, ether and chloroform, and heated above 200 degrees C., it will produce an oil of amber and a black residue called amber pitch. It can also be dissolved in turpentine or linseed oil to produce amber varnish.

The oldest amber dates from the Upper Carboniferous period, 320 million years ago, and the more common forms date from the Cretaceous period, 150 million years ago. This latter form often contains insects and preserves soft parts that would not be preserved by ordinary fossilization. In terms of market value, scientific interest, intellectual curiosity, and simple adornment purposes, amber with insects has the greatest value.

For the past 13,000 years—since cave man days—amber has been used as jewelry. Polished stones made from amber are often mounted in sterling silver to produce beautiful pieces. Those with insects visible in the amber have especially good financial as well as conversation-starting value, so they have settings of corresponding value as well.

The ancient Greeks concocted a delightful but sad myth to explain amber. Phaeton was the son of Helios, the Sun. One day ambitious Phaeton persuades doting Helios to allow him to drive the chariot of the sun across the sky. But Phaeton is too young to control the solar chariot, and he loses control of the powerful horses pulling the chariot, and before he can crash into the earth and cause great damage, Zeus zaps him with a thunderbolt. The mourning of Phaeton's sisters transforms them into poplar trees, and their tears become the precious substance electrum, meaning "beaming sun," which was the Greek phrase for what we call amber—the joy of sunlight wrought, through tears of pain, as a precious substance.
Yet beyond its scientific, social, and adornment value, amber might well have a spiritual value as well. You might not believe in Helios, spoiled Phaeton, and the tears that Phaeton's sisters cried, but that beautiful piece of jewelry around your neck links you to over a hundred million years of the history of life on earth. Or perhaps you will simply take great pleasure in owning a piece of beautiful and valuable amber.

If you'd like to see some samples of this amazing fossils, visit Mexico Sterling where Taxco silver and
Simojovel amber jewelry is displayed with the most unique and artistic artisan designs.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mexican Gemstones

Fire Opal

Mexico is famous for its “Fire Opal” gemstone. It is defined as a transparent to translucent stone with an orange to red body color which may or may not show a play of color.

What are its origins?

Opal was first discovered in the Mexican state of Queretaro in 1835, near San Juan del Rio and Tequisquiapan. Opal occurrences are fairly widespread in the northern volcanic regions of Mexico, and some are found in Guatemala and Honduras. Pre-Columbian relics in anthropology museums show that the Olmecs, Aztecs and Mayans used and traded opal, along with jade and other semiprecious stones.

If you want your own piece of fire, you can find it at Mexico Sterling today!

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Journey of Mexican Silver Jewelry so Far

Traditional mexican taxco silverjewelry has always been loved and adorned by women from all over the world. However, did you know that the history of these ornaments dates back to more than 300 years?
Well, to give you a closer look at the history, and how this art evolved to give birth to some of the most artistic and creative ornaments for women, I have come up with some useful information on the topic.
So, let us take a sneak peek at the eras of evolution of mexican silver jewelry -
1. The Golden Era till 1948- this was the time between early 20th century to 1948. All the big names like Margot de Taxco, William Spratling, Los Castillo, Hector Aguilar, Matilde Poula and Fred Davis were given by this era. These years are also referred to as the time for the revival of the art of silversmithing and working with silver. The re-introduction of pre-Colombian motifs and techniques was done during these years, to bring back the legacy that had been lost during the country's colonial period. 

1. From 1948 to 1980 - this was the period when the government had taken the mission to to control the quality and taxing of silver production in the country, and thereby introduced a national system of hallmarking and control as well."Eagle Assay mark" was established by conscious efforts from the government in association with  the National Syndicate of Silversmiths The marks used in this hallmark system reflected that the piece of silver had at-least a purity of 925/1000, or in other words matched sterling quality. Besides this development, silversmiths had developed generic hallmarks to denote maker, place of production, design number, silver content as well.


The post 1980 Era - this was the time when exponential growth in the demand of Mexican silver bracelets and other adornments was observed. To avoid fraudulent silversmithing, the Mexican Government had started to use a different way of marking silver during this time. This was imperative to preserve the heritage and traditional art of silversmithing in the country. The hallmarking system employed by the government included imprinting the first letter of this person's last name and the number that follows just shows that this was.

This explains it all about the history and evolution of Taxco Sterling Silver Jewelry that has become one of the most appreciated and loved ornamental arts equally by men and women.