Lady Guadalupe in Unpolished Silver (Mexico)

Lady Guadalupe in Unpolished Silver (Mexico)


  • From The Oaxaca Collection.
  • Handmade in the Estado de Mexico, Mexico.
  • Pendant is hand carved from unpolished, 925 silver.
  • Casing around pendant is gold-plated 925 silver with subtle, wave-like design on side facing away from pendant.
  • Chain is 925 silver.
  • Chain is 11.” Pendant is 1.5” x 1” 

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During my stay in Mexico City, I visited an artisan workshop near the great Teotihuacán pyramids. Quite uncharacteristic for the region, the artisan workshop was also a silver smith workshop. I originally thought that most silver work in Mexico came from around Taxco. He said that was a common misconception, and that their workshop actually sends pieces to Taxco to sell. The workshop produced truly exquisite silver craftsmanship, rivaled only by some of my favorite filigree work in Turkey.

This immediately caught my eye. If you have ever been to Mexico or know a thing or two about Mexican culture, then you’ll know that the figure of Guadalupe is omnipresent in Mexico and Mexican (Catholic) culture. Religious affiliation aside, I’m quite taken with the objective beauty of the iconography of Guadalupe herself. I had been looking for a pendant that captured this beauty and found it here. The unpolished, raw look of the pendant itself makes this piece really special and wards off excessive bling factor. The gold-plated encasing is a perfect accent to the pendant, with slightly more polish and a soft wave design around the exterior edge. 

You can read more about this workshop and my visit to the pyramids in the related story (link below).