Federico Jimenez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1941 in a Mixtec Indian Community, where he went on to receive a degree in science and art. He came to the United States in 1967 to study jewelry making and design, and in 1970 he fell in love with the American Indian Culture during a trip to the Southwest. He admired the Indian craftsmanship and technique so much that he was inspired to start a collection of Folk Art. He opened a successful gallery in Santa Monica, CA specializing in Antiques and Collectibles, including Folk Art from Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. After 25 years of business, he donated his gallery collection to a museum in Mexico, and he now lives in Venice CA, where he continues to design his line of jewelry.
A pair of wonderful Estate turquoise earrings made by Federico Jimenez! These incredible American Indian earrings are made of sterling and are particularly large in size. The surmount of each earring is represented by a single oval shaped turquoise stone with a detailed twisted wirework frame. Dangling from this is a large hoop which is detailed with 12 smaller turquoise stones with the same twisted wirework frame around each. The back of earring is marked "STERLING" and the signature "FJ" maker's mark on the behind the earring clip. The earrings were previously clip-on style, but have been converted into posts. This beautiful pair of earrings would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings measure approximately 3" in total length. The top oval stone measures approximately 3/4" long, 1/2" wide and 1/8" thick. The hoop measures 2 1/8" in diameter and approximately 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the turquoise stones or sterling setting and the clasped posts are secure and in good working condition.