Aztec Design Screw Back Earrings, c. 1960 by Enrique Ledesma
Enrique Ledesma (d. 1979)
sterling silver, oxidation
Enrique Ledesma studied at the San Carlos Academy of Art in Mexico City, the same art school as Diego Rivera, Matilde Poulat, and Ricardo Salas. As a boy, he served his silversmith’s apprenticeship in his father’s workshop.
Ledesma is most known for modernist designs, and creating compositions in which stone and silver were sued to express form, color, pattern and line.’ (Mexican Silver, Morrill & Berk). After his education in art, he relocated to Taxco and worked for Spratling, Aguilar and Los Castillo.
He opened his own whorshop in 1950 and his jewelry is well regarded for design quality and the seamless blending of stone, usually obsidian, with silver. Ledesma died in 1979.