Thrift Day Finds Pt. 1: Made in Mexico

bangles y melendez

Last Wednesday, I went on a thrift adventure with my friend Linda, who is visiting from California. We did a circuit of the east end thrift shops. Linda was mostly searching for duds for her new grandson, Hamish. I was on the lookout for jewels.We were both on a budget, but I think we found some pretty nifty treasures.

Here are my big bijoux scores: A Miguel Melendez brutalist band and a twisted sterling bracelets. This photo shows me wearing it with the rest of my armload of Mexican silver bangles. It is the one at the very top of the stack.It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to add to this collection, so I was very excited.

Melendez was a silversmith in Taxco who trained under William Spratling, worked for Los Castillos and Margot de Taxco and, of course, made his own creations. The detail on the ring is quite intricate: the raised parts have been carved away and the valleys have been oxidized to further put the abstract designs into relief. Here’s another picture that (perhaps) better illustrates the beauty of this ring!

melendez taxco 1