There literally dozens of Plateros who have taken their cue from their name (“Silversmith” in Spanish), and become excellent jewelry artists.
Gil is one of them, and this necklace testifies, beautifully, to his innate talent and acquired skill.
Completely fabricated by hand, even to the hook and eye clasp, this impressive necklace is made of heavy-gauge silver with an antiqued finish.
Inspired by the traditional squash blossom necklaces of the past, the design is arrestingly original, while conforming to the parameters of old.
A double row of handmade beads, darkened and brushed to a pewter-y gleam, support ten separate “blossoms” and a larger naja.
The elongated curves of the naja and the blossoms, along with the repetition of chiseled, parallel lines, evoke an art deco, almost Egyptian look.
The subdued glimmer of the silver is enlivened by the matching ovals of natural red coral,.
Smaller, but of the same size and shape, in each of the squash blossoms, the coral cabochon is the same shape, but larger, in the naja.
Artistically, this keeps the coral in each blossom and the naja, proportional to the piece in which it is set.
Harmony is design is achieved by the repetition of round forms, in the beads, the undulating curves of the pendants, and the coral stones, themselves.
In effective counterpoint to the curves are the linear fans chiseled into each pendant, the long narrow forms of the blossoms, and the three crests atop each piece.
This push-and-pull of contradictory shapes gives the necklace a stunning, majestic allure.
The design of the necklace is extraordinary; the workmanship is just as superb.
This is a necklace to be handed down to generation after generation; hang it up, framed, as the work of art it is, if you don’t want to wear it, but it is