Necklace and jewelry box

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Silver, gold
Overall (necklace): 11 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/4 in. (28.6 x 3.2 x 0.6 cm) Container (box): 2 1/4 in. × 3 1/4 in. (5.7 × 8.3
stamped: on the base: "PLIEGO" below a two-faced Mexican Venus between two scrolls, all in an elongated hexagon between "HANDWROUGHT" and "STERLING"
Star of David necklace in a silver and gold jewelry box; globe-shaped box with an applied gold Star of David on the top; each point of the star has a trianglar projection that narrows as it curves around the box; smaller star of david applied in the center of the larger; interior of the lid with an applied, woven gold and silver Star of David; interior of the base with an applied gold Star of David and a crown; domed interior cover with, crown, scroll and circular filigree decoration around a Star of David opening; gold chain with trident and y-shaped links attached to a crown pendent with a hanging Star of David; pendent sits inside the domed interior cover; maker's mark stamped on the base.
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A Mexican-born silversmith, Juan Pliego settled in New York in 1965 and studied silversmithing with master silversmith William Seitz at the YMCA on Eighth Avenue and Fiftieth Street. Pliego soon became Seitz's assistant and replaced him as instructor in 1974. In 1980, Pliego established his own studio, the J. P. Crafts Studio, on East Twenty-first Street. Many of his objects incorporate precious and semi-precious stones, such as amethyst, opal, chalcedony, sapphire, malachite, lapis lazuli, and jade. Pliego's exquisite boxes also incorporate gold and other metals, resins, and enamel. His influences were far-ranging, from Aztec and Mayan design-a nod to his Central American roots-to Egyptian metalwork, discovered during his travels around the Mediterranean and in Asia. In 2000, Pliego donated nearly all the objects he made during his career to the Historical Society: fifty-three small boxes and forty-three additional objects including bowls, goblets, and a coffee set.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Juan Pliego
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group