Gold, Silver and Filigree
The history of jewelry in Oaxaca dates from the pre-Hispanic era to modern times. In the archaeological site of Monte Alban tomb 7, one of the most famous and beautiful pieces of jewelry was found : Mixtec watermark “the breastplate of the God of Death” including beautiful gold necklaces and jade. In pre-Columbian America, the Mixtec goldsmiths work was widely known in Mesoamerica.
After the arrival of the Spaniards various new techniques were combined with the traditional to developed a unique jewelry : Filigree defined lavish pieces incorporating gold, silver and other materials. Oaxaca is a land of gold and silver mines which has helped to feed the beautiful and luxurious jewelry made. Numerous objects worked with gold filigree were found in several sites in the Mixteca region.