Los Castillo was a Mexican jewelry company formed by 4 brothers: Don Antonio, Jorge, Miguel, and Justo Castillo, in the late 1930's. All were trained in different areas of the silver business and Don Antonio Castillo was an apprentice for William Spratling's Las Delicias workshop in the early 1930's. Los Castillo is known for beautiful craftsmanship and their revival of ancient techniques.
A fantastic Vintage Mexican collar necklace by Los Castillo! From the 1950's the necklace is comprised of 32 long wooden beads, which are rectangular in shape and finished with sterling silver caps. Each wooden bead is separated by a round sterling bead and at each end of the necklace is a row of sterling beads, and the necklace fastens shut with a simple push clasp. The clasp is stamped "STERLING" along with the "Los Castillo" hallmark. The contrast between the dark wood and the sterling is beautiful, and the piece is a wonderful example of Los Castillo's work. The surface of the silver has a natural patina which adds to the richness of the piece; it could be polished if desired. It's an excellent statement piece and would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 18 3/4" long. Each wooden bead measures slightly less than 1 1/2" long and 3/16" wide and thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the wooden or sterling beads and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.