One Good Eye Silver
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1327934 (stock #13409)
One Good Eye Silver
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A stunner of a bracelet, this piece is one of the best in the "buckle" genre I have seen not so much for its ornamentation but because of its magnificent proportions and the heftiness of its applique elements. Generously wide, it has a "frame-and-double-prong" shape with channel-set beading, oxidation and twist-rope accents. Enhanced by the wonderful patina it has acquired, the bracelet's layered construction makes a strong visual impression...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1326162 (stock #1298)
One Good Eye Silver
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Gerardo Lopez of Taxco is known for his masterful repousse and I think the necklace at hand is his most stupendous pectoral creation! Wrought out of fine, 980 grade silver its twists and twirls impart an unsurpassable sense of dynamic flow to the design. The metal’s high purity allows for a mellower patina that glows warmly and bespeaks the necklace’s rich life...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1325980 (stock #12160)
One Good Eye Silver
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Like ripples in tranquil water, the undulating repousse scrollwork in the Gerardo Lopez necklace presented here are wrought in 980 silver and have an airiness that makes this one of the most easy to wear, versatile pectorals I have seen. Maestro Lopez's magical hand is at work here and you can see it in the immaculate finishing, the perfection in the design's execution and the overall sense of calm, uninterrupted flow that emanates from it...
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 1950 item #1323514 (stock #13369)
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Big and eye-catching, a vintage Deco Chinese silver filigree combination pin/pendant with a beautiful amethyst cab at its center surrounded by enameled bats, bead- and wire-work. The warmly patina-ed vermeil finish matches the hue of the antique 9k gold chain perfectly and the set looks as if it was always meant to be together. The pin/pendant is 2" in diameter and it adds a 2 3/8" drop to the chain while it weighs 19.4 grams. The chain itself is 17" long and weighs .8 grams...
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...
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 #1319364 (stock #13315)
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In the style closely associated with the Peruzzi Bros, a Deco silver bracelet, its generously wide links in the shape of mirrored dragons bearing ornate crowns. Though not hallmarked, this is an undoubtedly Italian piece with beautiful casting that allows the detail to come through effortlessly and a warmly glowing patina that renders the design more dramatic. The bracelet is 7" long (wearable; actual length is 7 3/4") by 2 3/16" wide and weighs 54.2 grams...
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 1940 item #1318160 (stock #13227)
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Scrumptious fruits, luscious spring foliage, summer roses and the grain crops of the fall decorate this Deco Portuguese silver bracelet. A classic design for the first part of the 20th c. known as "Four Seasons", it always impresses with its imagery of abundance and prosperity. With an inner circumference of 7 1/4" (clasped) this example is 1" wide and weighs 42.8 grams. It is hallmarked on the tongue of the clasp and also tests as silver, guaranteed to be of at least .800 purity...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1318156 (stock #13306/13307)
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Vintage assembled set of Antonio Pineda bracelets in a mod, minimalist design that features deeply carved semi-spheres out of each bangle's perimeter, with the empty areas oxidized to add drama to an otherwise simple form. I am very partial to sets of bangles and this pair wears comfortably with its discrete musicality reminding you of its presence. The bangles have an inner circumference of 8" and their width is 1/4"...
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...
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. Havin...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1317647 (stock #13181)
One Good Eye Silver
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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. It is marked "800" alongside a partially stamped maker's or country of origin mark and dates in ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1317642 (stock #13228)
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Generously sized, an early Matilde Poulat brooch featuring two of Matl's classic motifs, her repousse birds perched on the flowers of a stylized potted plant. Adorned with coral and turquoise, the pin can be enjoyed as such or as a pendant with the use of a simple pin-to-pendant converter. Beautifully made, playfully articulated, this is a must-have for the Poulat collector. The brooch measures 2 3/8" tall by just above 2 1/2" wide and weighs 26.7 grams. It is signed with Matl's name in script...
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. You can see it here with a necklace also based...
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...