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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1263554 (stock #12830)
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Unmarked as is the case with many studio pieces from the 1950s-60s, a visually powerful hand-wrought silver mod bracelet. What is very impressive about this cuff is the different depths of field the eye has to rest on. Hand-hammered and heavily oxidized, it is adorned with applied biomorphic spheres and a raised rim all around its perimeter...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1189955 (stock #12261)
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Strong presence with its unusual square face and richly colored stones make this vintage Deco Matl-esque ring a feast for the eyes; both those of the beholder as well as those of the bearer. Adorned with a pyramid-cut amethyst and channel-set coral and turquoise cabs its shank is embellished with the familiar wirework and twist-rope accents. Deep oxidation helps bring the color of the stones out and creates the character of this piece...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1186319 (stock #0446)
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For the lovers of vintage Mexican silver jewelry who are also lovers of equines, a gorgeous set of Margot de Taxco sterling repousse cufflinks in the shape of a horse head. I find the animal's portrait majestic - the way it holds its head allows its strength and beauty to come out in the best possible way. Each cufflink is 1 1/8" tall by 7/8" wide and the set weighs 10.8 grams. It is fully signed with Margot's name as well as with a badly stamped Eagle mark and des. no 5160...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1275858 (stock #12910)
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Sculptural Deco Mexican silver repousse necklace and earrings set in a design created by Margot de Taxco this demi is signed by its maker yet the hallmarks are double-stamped and it’s impossible for me to read the name. Yet even so once cannot help but notice the perfect execution in the silver work, the voluptuousness of the repousse surfaces and the warm patina that has developed over time...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1223742 (stock #12463)
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A retailer in Cuernavaca, according to Bille Hougart, Doris probably commissioned work from several maestros yet jewelry bearing their signature does not surface very often. But when it does, it is usually spectacular - like the cuff presented here. Co-signed "Corpus Artisans", its repousse is immaculately executed; dramatic, perfectly finished and beautifully oxidized...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1323900 (stock #13371)
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Visually impressive and just a pleasure to wear, a vintage Los Castillo necklace in a festoon with teardrop dangles design that transforms from beautiful to spectacular as soon as you try it on! Drawing on the Spanish Colonial tradition, its festoon feels like it’s part of you and though the necklace has good weight, its airy configuration prevents it from becoming overwhelming...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1307888 (stock #13200)
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One of my favorite Alfredo Villasana designs, the "swirl and ball" clamper is executed in repousse that exudes a sense of uninterrupted, effortless flow. As opposed to some of the maestro's other creations, this one adheres to the strict minimalism of modernism with oxidation and patina being the only enhancements that add to its sculpturality...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1150590 (stock #1266/1267)
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The Los Castillo taller is renowned for their revival of several ancient Maya and Aztec silversmithing techniques and the breath of creative fresh air they brought into Taxco jewelry making. Their Mozaico Azteca line, in which they seamlessly combinedinlaid azur malachite with sterling silver is, in my opinion, one of their best moments...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1316855 (stock #13316)
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Obviously influenced by the Spanish Colonial tradition, an early Deco Mexican silver and malachite necklace with the fleur-de-lis motif at center front! Distinctly Mexican in its craftsmanship and combination of materials, it is nonetheless more "discrete" and "romantic" than most pieces from this period. If you always wanted a vintage Mexican necklace that will catch the eye without overwhelming it, this was made for you...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1178353 (stock #12094)
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The marrying of sterling silver with 18K gold is a favorite in vintage jewelry from Peru yet this bracelet is a rare opportunity to own an enameled piece that combines sterling and 18k figural appliques. Made by Old Cuzco, one of the best names in vintage Peruvian jewelry, this is indeed a rare bracelet. Though from time to time one will find smaller enameled examples, like brooches or pendants, enameled necklaces and bracelets are truly difficult to come upon...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1317647 (stock #13181)
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Dating in the opening decades of the 20th c., a classic Italian bracelet cast in 800 silver, its links fashioned like theatrical masks. Most probably a memento of a young lady's Grand Tour, the bracelet follows the style established by the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros and is in excellent vintage condition. Measuring a wearable 7 3/8" long (actual length is 8") it is 1 7/16" wide and weighs 57.0 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1314205 (stock #13255)
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Sweeping swirls in graduated sizes, hand-chased and oxidized make up this stunning Los Castillo silver necklace. I have in the past sold the enameled version of this specific design but this is my first all-sterling piece. And I am loving the amazingly comfortable way it wears, the loyalty with which it holds its position around the neck and the high quality of workmanship it boasts - which, of course, characterizes all Los Castillo jewelry...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1087307 (stock #0194)
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Quintessentially Deco both in design as well as in their stellar combination of silver and black onyx this is a superb set of Mexican dangle earrings! Overlay and dark oxidation make for the architectural half-moons that hold the teardrop black onyx dangles - elegant, classy yet so daring and mysterious at the same time. The earrings are 2 7/16" long by approx. 1/2" wide (at their widest) and the set weighs 11.5 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1147220 (stock #1244)
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Early and rather rare - in all the years that I have been involved with vintage Mexican silver jewelry I have not seen another one like it - this is a bracelet with a big "wow" factor...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1317227 (stock #13317)
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Published in Penny Morrill's latest book on Margot de Taxco's enamel work, the so called "Curling Lines" necklace is one of her most loved designs and definitely a piece that epitomizes her understanding of femininity and elegance. Deeply sculpted repousse links that bring to mind feathers dotted with perfect silver beads, lead to a gorgeous central piece where the silver twists and twirls like waves in the sea. Craftsmanship of the highest level, attention to detail and perfect finishing are al...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1209335 (stock #1375)
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Vintage sterling silver dangle earrings bearing the signature of Arcoz in a style that I want to call folkoric with a mod twist to it! Obviously a "transitional" design, it combines its almost Spanish Colonial dangles and repousse with the daring sweeping lines of modernism in the set's daring curves. The earrings are 2 1/8" long by 1 3/8" wide (at their widest, including the dangles) and weight 19.3 grams (for the set). Signed "ARCOZ" and "HECHO EN MEXICO D.F." "0925", the set dates in th...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1322884 (stock #12909)
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Just in time for the season, a Deco Mexican silver and carved jade hearts bracelet, its links accented with thick twist rope detail and with the most yummy apple green hues ever! I love this specific category of Mexican jewelry - it is romantic, classic and provides one of the best ways to say "I love you". The bracelet is 7 1/8" long (wearable) by 7/8" wide and weighs 44.6 grams. It is marked "SILVER MEXICO", dates in the 1930s-40s and is in excellent vintage condition with great patina, very ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1317228 (stock #13318)
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Cross-pollination is as important in the world of jewelry design as it is in any other aspect of human civilization and the early Taxco silver necklace at hand is quite an example! Hand-wrought in Mexico in the 1940s, it betrays a strong Danish mod (or Scandinavian in general) influence and brings to mind David Andersen's foliate jewelry. I love the heart-shaped leaves with the hand-etched veins and the tiny little beading that accents them. The necklace measures a wearable 18" long (actual leng...