GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #596253
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The value of vintage Mexican sterling silver is rocketing, as you know, so this exquisite parure is a true investment-grade purchase -- made all the more attractive by the fact that a similar necklace (alone) is offered elsewhere online for $450. So is a demi-parure including only a comparable bracelet and pair of earrings. Our spectacular set gives you FOUR pieces: a 15" necklace, a 7 1/2" bracelet and screw-back earrings 1" wide x 3/4" long, all featuring a highly dimensional grape cluster design far more delicate and detailed than the type made today.

Apart from one earring, each jewel in the set is stamped with text set in a circle: "Iguala 925 Hecho en Mex" -- Iguala being a town known for jewelry production earlier than nearby Taxco, which grew famous in the 1930s under William Spratling's direction. You've heard of Taxco, no doubt; well, Iguala artisans taught them how to do it! Spratling imported Igualan master goldsmiths Artemio Navarrette, Alfonso Mondragon and Wencesloa Herrerato to instruct the locals in metalwork. Within this circular stamp are initials that seem to read SMS or EML), unfortunately not a mark can interpret. A second mark in the shape of a bird (the so-called "eagle stamp") contains the numeral 3 and indistinct letters that look like J L or I L.

The Arts and Crafts "paperclip" links of the chains suggests a very early 20th century dating; however, the bird-shaped hallmark, a government assurance of silver quality, makes the 1940s more likely.

These treasures reached us in superb condition, but so dark with the patina of age that we couldn't resist cleaning them somewhat to reveal the details. They can of course be polished mirror-bright if you prefer. Provenance is a Lancaster County estate in Pennsylvania.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1940 item #411443
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This delightful wrap bracelet from the 1930s is antique or almost, by American 75-year standards, rather than merely vintage. Art Deco influence is clearly evident in the geometric pattern of the snake's "scales" - which are incised circles that match his little round eyes. His head, formed separately, shows quite a lot of detail (even on the sides) and is stamped on its reverse HECHO EN MEXICO.

Although the bracelet shows little wear on the front, the stamp inside is indisdinct after decades of use and another mark that appears behind the head is worn past my ability to interpret it - except to rule out the eagle assay hallmark introduced in the 1940s. It looks more like a stylized left-facing parrot with its beak open wide than anything else. The initials M and W seem to appear faintly within it. Perhaps this will mean something to you, but Mexican silver isn't one of my specialties. The metal doesn't tarnish aggressively, so I'm puzzled by that, too. There are no surface losses to indicate plating, so I have to conclude it's either 1) sterling treated to prevent oxidation; 2) a less pure silver or 3)possibly alpaca, chromium or rhodium. Whatever it's made of, this wonderful jewel shines like the dickens and is flexible enough to fit any size wrist or forearm. Its provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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