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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1239439 (stock #12595)
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Obviously inspired by a similar Antonio design, this mod Margarita bracelet is spectacularly massive. Its substantial concave links are alternated by ones that hold chunky amethyst cabochons set in bezels. The stones are gorgeous with interesting inclusions and the beading that separates the pairs adds that little extra pizzaz to the design. Wrought out of 980 silver the bracelet has an inner circumference of 6 5/8" (clasped) so it's perfect for smaller to medium wrists...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1238384 (stock #12436)
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A beautiful example of mid-century mod studio jewelry, the brooch at hand attracted my attention for its asymmetrical angularity, the fluid abstraction of the climber's figure and the dark touch of the onyx glass cab below him. Though unsigned like many pieces from the period, its quality bespeaks the skills of its maker. The brooch is 3 1/4" wide by just shy of 1 1/2" tall and weighs 10.8 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1231938 (stock #12520)
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The Mozaico Azteca line of the Los Castillo taller is one of my favorite genres in the realm of vintage Mexican silver jewelry. It could be that I am partial to the blues and greens of the azur-malachite inlay but it is also due to the impeccable craftsmanship those pieces display and the immeasurable patience and concentration on the part of their maker they offer witness to...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1230988 (stock #12146)
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Slick in the most mod way, a vintage sterling silver hinged bracelet by Enrique Ledesma adorned with a prong-set simulated alexandrite (otherwise known as color-changing sapphire or corundum). I am always attracted to Ledesma's sweeping lines and the stylization of the motifs he uses (this specific design is often likened to a fish, for example). The bracelet has an inner circumference of 7" (clasped) and its width varies between 1 5/16" at center front and 7/16" at its narrowest, in the back...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1230390 (stock #0895)
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When it comes to hinged bangle bracelets, I think the Los Ballesteros taller was probably the most creative of the Taxco workshops. Their designs range from the more traditional to the slickest mod and they are usually adorned with spectacular gems or hard stones. The minimalist yet visually substantial example at hand boasts four clear amethysts nested in dramatically raised crown settings. The purple of the gems is reflected in the silver and the mirror effect is quite impressive...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1229786 (stock #12481)
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Fantastic sense of movement, great patina and two gorgeous pearls make this set of Antonio earrings immediately attract the eye! I love the pinwheel design - there is something festive and also "frenetic" about it that is, however, elegantly moderated with the classy touch of the pearls. The earrings are just above 1 1/4" in diameter and the set weighs 10.2 grams. It is signed with Antonio's crown mark though partial due to lack of space and an equally partial Eagle assay mark...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1229783 (stock #12438)
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You don't have to be a warrior princess to wear this Sigi cuff yet you do need a certain sense of daring, don't you think? This is one of those pieces that illustrate in the best possible way Sigi's ability to seek out ancient motifs and forms and convey them anew through the eye of the modernist artist. The cuff fits perfectly around the wrist and the abstract overlay stands out against the oxidized background even though it has itself acquired a wonderful patina over the years...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1228400 (stock #12571)
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Difficult to find in such good condition - age and enjoyment marred a lot of pieces like this one - an avidly sought-after, massive Los Ballesteros hinged bracelet. This feels superb on - despite its proportions, it is not burdensome at all and keeps its position perfectly. Also found with onyx or bakelite polka dots, the design is a Los Ballesteros signature creation and a very famous book-piece...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1226453 (stock #12182)
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Set in a round band of silver plated bats, winged "gargoyles" and flowers, a carved white jade plaque adorns the face of this early 20th c. Chinese compact. The carving is done in a stepped design - the center showing the Hoho Twins is raised above the stylized foliate motifs of its perimeter. On the compact's back an etched floral completes the decoration. On the inside, the mirror is in useable condition and the "strainer" for the missing pompon is beautifully pierced...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1226228 (stock #12557)
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Out of Mexico's "archaeological" design trend, an early Deco bracelet that combines beautifully aged silver with deeply colored amethyst cabochons. The overlaid motif, meticulously hand-cut, chased and etched, has been perfectly applied on the curved link and represents a scene of Mexico's pre-Colombian rituals. The bracelet measures 7 1/8" long (wearable) by 1 5/8" wide and weighs 58.2 grams. It dates in the 1930s-40s period and is simply marked "SILVER MEXICO"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1226226 (stock #12418)
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Obviously based on William Spratling's "Caviar" design, a vintage Deco Mexican silver bracelet adorned with turquoise cabs in cool shades of blue and green. Quite substantial, this piece wears like silk nevertheless - it is flexible by construction and will conform to your every little move...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1225412 (stock #12292)
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Matching the stupendous bib necklace also available in my inventory (see item no 1225293), a rare to find Margot de Taxco bracelet with pre-Colombian stylized feather charms. The quality of this piece is impressive even for a Margot creation - the articulated charms have their parts riveted on the back, the finishing is crisply clean, the patina fantastic and the bracelet is hefty as well...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1225293 (stock #12292)
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Just WOW! I don't usually resort to exclamations of this kind yet I believe the Margot necklace I am presenting here deserves it more than anything else. I was stunned when I first held it in my hands - its beauty, the sculpturality of its links, the fantastic patina, the weight and the rarity of the design all combine to make a true collector's dream materialize. I will leave the assessment to you - just enjoy the photos. And as you can see, its matching bracelet is also available... The neckla...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1224960 (stock #12470)
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Very much in the style of Matilde Poulat, a drop-dead-gorgeous set of repousse hair combs adorned with amethyst and faux turquoise cabs. Earthy, hand-made quality; beautiful amethysts with clouding and inclusions; generous size and an endearing naivete in the design's execution with assymetry and variations in the combs' proportions turn this set into an eye-catching treasure. Perfect for the winter bride, I believe, yet you don't have to marry to enjoy them! Each comb is 4" wide and the silver ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1223000 (stock #12545)
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Now that prices have adjusted themselves and we can actually start thinking about owning one of these spectacular early Deco repousse cuff bracelets, I am thrilled to present you with this "triple bloom" example! Confident repoussage that becomes even more dramatic with the patina that the piece acquired over the years, the bracelet has strong presence and is beautifully proportioned, with good width and heavy as well. Not signed as are many early Mexican pieces in this genre, I don't think I wo...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1221980 (stock #12307)
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If there is a Taxco classic, then I would suggest that Spratling's "Hands and Tulips" design is definitely a good contender for the title! Influenced by Mexico's Spanish Colonial tradition, the floral and figural motif combination has an Old World romantic feel to it yet the chunky amethyst carvings also bestow it a distinctly Mexican flair. Infinitely popular, the design has been emulated by many maestros, both listed and unknown ones, and has also been created without any signature at all, ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1221979 (stock #12409)
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Easily recognized as one of Margot de Taxco's most architectural designs, the "cornucopia" clamper at hand is signed by Hilario Lopez, a maestro who had worked for Margot at her taller, known for his exceptional emulations of her pieces. In a rare, smaller size this bracelet is indeed a masterpiece of repousse with incredible three-dimensional presence and rich, warmly glowing patina. Voluptuous swirls and pronounced beading adorn the two "wings" and the hinge is in perfect condition,snapp...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1219844 (stock #12429)
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Charm bracelets are one of the most popular forms of jewelry throughout the world - they never stay out of fashion for long and they come in all kinds of materials, styles and sizes. This year, it seems that they are on the up and up again yet whether fashionable or not, I simply adore them! Discretely elegant the example presented here is a Mexican creation from the Deco years and it has an astrological theme. The 12 zodiac signs are presented in relief against highly oxidized backgrounds an...