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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1320898 (stock #13298)
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Wrought in .940 silver and with a big onyx cabochon forming its body, a vintage Hector Aguilar brooch in the shape of a pelican. The combination of repoussage and chasing and the stark contrast between the black depths of the stone and the warmly glowing silver is what makes this piece irresistibly attractive. Measuring 2 3/8" tall by 2 1/8" wide (at its widest) the bird weighs 23.1 grams and is signed with a combination of hallmarks that dates it in the 1953-62 period...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1318234 (stock #13174)
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A book-piece design, this big dragonfly silver and agate brooch bears the signature of Horacio de la Parra, a maestro whose work has never disappointed me in its quality of materials and level of craftsmanship. A not-so-often found piece, the example at hand is even more unusual because of the almost robin's egg blue color of the stones. It measures just shy of 3 3/8" wide by 2 1/4" long and weighs 15.6 grams. It is signed with Parra's name alongside "HECHO EN MEXICO D.F...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1318231 (stock #13325)
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Antique set of 14k gold dangle earrings, this is, I believe, a mourning pair as is indicated by the black onyx and pearls that adorn it. Generously long and quite ornate with their "swags" of golden chain flanking the actual dangle, the earrings are classy and elegant even when you see them from the back. Measuring 2 1/2" long, they are 7/8" wide (at their widest) and weigh 12.6 grams (for the set)...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1318078 (stock #13269)
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One of Margot's most opulent creations, the mirrored swans necklace is an ode to the art of repoussage and an avidly sought after piece. The example at hand, perfectly finished, with stunning patina and a richness that impresses without feeling pretentious is a comfortable 16 1/2" long (could even be a little more in wearable length due to the dip in between the swans). The mirrored swans part is 4 3/8" wide and has a 2 3/8" drop while the width at the chain is 3/8"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1317694 (stock #13149)
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Classic Deco Mexico City work, this bracelet is a stunner and perfect to set the festive mood for the holidays yet not necessarily limited to this part of the year. One of the most visually impressive early pieces of this type (and quite hard to find), its links are big floral wreaths surrounding stylized bows and the bracelet is studded with turquoise cabochons. I haven't touched the patina but you could always give it a buff, if you like. Either way, the compliments will not stop coming...
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 #1317335 (stock #12616)
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A really challenging piece to photograph - all those surfaces that curve and turn and face each other just won't behave! - yet equally impressive and inventive in its design, this bracelet is based on a creation by Antonio Pineda that seems quite difficult to find. Signed by an unidentified maker in our case, it has powerful presence, the "sharpness" of the links' pointy ends softened by the warm caramel and brown tones in the tortoise shell inlay...
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...
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...
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 #1314570 (stock #13271)
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In my world there is nothing more classy than a multi-strand pearl necklace and when it's made by Sigi Pineda and the "pearls" are silver with a matte finish, I feel like I am in heaven. The epitome of versatility, the four-strand treasure at hand can be worn as shown or, alternatively, you can use its clasp as a brooch and also as a pendant with your favorite vintage chain. The stone that adorns it is a polished obsidian with warm golden depths...
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 1980 item #1312560 (stock #13213)
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Both luxurious and a pleasure to wear, this vintage Jacopo sterling silver lariat necklace was made in Taxco in the 1950s-60s. Rich tassels mark the ends of the thick, heavy twist rope chain and the little clip that comes with it allows you to very the way you want the necklace to wear...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1312282 (stock #12855)
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Modernist Enrique Ledesma necklace combining sterling silver and tortoise shell, this is one of my favorite designs of his and not an example that one encounters frequently. I love its primordial appeal and the way the dark browns in the shell are lightened by the warm ambers. The necklace measures a comfortable 16 5/8" long (wearable) with the pectoral part being 3 5/8" wide by 1 1/2" tall (at center front). It is fully and appropriately hallmarked with maker's signature as shown as well as ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1311774
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Margot de Taxco's design no 5410 is, in my opinion, one of her best moments in the combination of daring repoussage, beading and oxidation. I love the clamper in the series but the pectoral that I am presenting here is simply divine. Superb craftsmanship, weight that makes for a substantial yet not burdensome presence and timeless elegance elevate this necklace into the realm of precious heirlooms. Comfortable for most of us at approx. 17" long (wearable), its pectoral part is 3 3/4" wide by 1 ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1308763 (stock #13240)
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Mod 1960s Uno A Erre bracelet wrought in .800 silver and decorated with golden yellow and turquoise champleve enamel. This is a colorful, very easy and comfortable to wear piece - it feels like silk around the wrist and is certainly unusual in its combination of geometric shapes. With an inner circumference of 7 1/2" (clasped) the bracelet is 3/4" wide and weighs 31.0 grams. It is fully singed "800" as well as "1 AR" and dates in the 1960s. In very good vintage condition with vivid color in the...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1305179 (stock #13048)
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A vintage set of sterling silver bracelets from Taxco's middle period, these two are only marked with Eagle 17 yet they are one of the nicest pair of bangles I have seen. I will almost dare to suggest theirs is a stylized snake design because of the scale-like texture of the bracelet. Very good craftsmanship and silver wire of good thickness along with fantastic patina draw the eye while the pair's musicality appeals to the ears. The bangles have an inner circumference of 7 1/2" yet they are re...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1304600 (stock #13196/13177)
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One of my favorite Margot de Taxco all-silver designs, the beaded, undulating links of "5247" exude an unsurpassed sense of motion and their architecturality is only enhanced with patina as the years go by. The bracelet and matching earrings set at hand is a find for the collector - especially since the bracelet is not an easy piece to come upon. And it's a pleasure to wear... With an inner circumference of 6 3/4" (clasped) the bracelet is 7/8" wide (at its widest) while the earrings are 7/8" ...