One Good Eye Silver
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1264584 (stock #12859)
One Good Eye Silver
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One of Margot's most romantic, "European school" designs - the Roses - here seen in a pair of perfectly cast earrings. Fantastic patina, exceptionally crisp details and the warm glow of old, well-loved silver combine to create the loveliest pair of rose earrings ever. Just 15/16" tall by 7/8" wide with the set weighing 8.3 grams they are fully and appropriately signed with Margot de Taxco's name, des. no 5194 as well as Eagle 16 and "MADE IN MEXICO STERLING"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1264023 (stock #12852)
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From the renowned Zolotas “house of jewelry” first established in Athens, Greece in 1895, a vintage beaded necklace wrought of gold plated 950 silver. Generous in length and weight, this piece epitomizes the quality and design savvy the Zolotas signature is associated with. The necklace is comprised of beads based on ancient Greek motifs. Almost flat on four sides, they are held together with thick twist-rope connectors...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1263295 (stock #12600)
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One of my favorite Margot de Taxco designs and a clamper that will sweep you off your feet with its stunning “fleshiness” and the perfect way it holds its place when you have it on. This is Taxco at its best –impeccable finishing, amazing sense of design and beauty that defies the whims of fashion. A Margot classic and an heirloom quality bracelet...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1262053 (stock #12843)
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I don’t think I have ever seen a more massive – and I mean, massive – Deco Mexican bracelet; and this one is also signed by Fred Davis. Its proportions are incredible and for a Davis creation, it is a pretty rare design. Definitely a museum-collection worthy piece and the biggest, boldest statement you could ever make with your accessories, the bracelet weighs a whopping 206.1 grams and has an inner circumference of 7 5/8" (clasped)...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1262052 (stock #12755)
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One of the few female Taxco designers Erika Hult de Corral studied in Paris and worked for both Ledesma and Sigi Pineda before opening her own workshop. The ring at hand is, I believe, an original Sigi creation probably from the time that de Corral was working in his taller. Its fluid, mod lines and the big chrysoprase stone centering it draw the eye immediately and hold it captive effortlessly. Currently a sz 6 (yet resizable) its face is 1 1/8″ by 13/16″ and it weighs 15.5 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1261043 (stock #12663)
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Emulating William Spratling's signature "Caviar" design, an early Taxco silver necklace, nicely made, with excellent weight and warm patina. I always found the clusters of beautifully executed repousse bubbles forming this piece particularly pleasing to the eye and I love the way the necklace lies around the neck - it feels very comfortable and intimate in a distinctly warm way. Measuring a wearable 16 7/8" long it is just shy of 5/8" wide and weighs 77.1 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1260730 (stock #12821)
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Possibly the most massive ring by Antonio I have ever seen and a very strong modernist statement at the same time, this is a piece that would fit right in the best collection of Pineda jewelry. Angularity that is softened by the stone's curves and the curled wire holding itin place combine with the setting's breath-taking size to create a visually powerful ring. Currently a sz 6, it can be easily resized by a good jeweler...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1259660 (stock #0440)
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Old Peruzzi, Florence combination pin/pendant necklace, this is a fabulously worked piece in the shape of a big fleur-de-lis adorned with chasing, beading and set with 6 faceted gems. Having a sage green color, the stones register in the spinel area of my gem tester and they look gorgeous against the patina of their silver frame. I have paired it with an old chain which, I believe, provides a good match in age and proportions to the pendant...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1258394 (stock #0762)
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A direct reference to Antonio Pineda's work this early Taxco "comma" bracelet is unsigned but its maker's anonymity does not seem to have affected the pride he took in his creations. Beautifully made and carefully finished, with deeply colored stones rich with inclusions, it has good weight but is not overwhelmingly heavy so perfect for the hotter days of summer. The bracelet is 6 3/4' long (wearable) by 1 3/16" wide and weighs48.6 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1258290 (stock #12818/12819)
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Set of two early Mexican silver bangle bracelets, I love to combine these pieces - the more the merrier, especially in the summertime! Very nicely made and with good weight (the "dimpled dot" piece in particular), they look spectacular together and will add just the right amount of "ethnic" flair to your appearance. With an inner circumference of 8" (the turquoise bangle is ever so slightly bigger) the bracelets' width is 1/2" (dimpled dot) and 3/8"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1257363 (stock #12773)
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Stunning sterling by pass ring from the middle period of Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance in the form of Quetzalcoatl, the Mesoamerican divine Feathered Serpent, this is a true stunner and a design I am always looking for! Crisp lines, perfect finishing and even a sense of depth, all in such a tiny little space bespeak the mastery of the ring's maker. Currently a sz 7.75 (yet adjustable, upwards mostly) its face is 1 3/8" tall by approx. 7/8" wide and it weighs 7.0 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1930 item #1256998 (stock #12812)
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I am thrilled to have come upon this rare example of Egyptian Revival jewelry - I will date it in the 1920s but I suspect it might actually be earlier, from the late Victorian or Edwardian periods. Wrought in the shape of a coiled cobra, it can be worn as a bracelet but if your body type is such, you can wear it as an arm band as well...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1256829 (stock #12752)
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Steeped in Mexico's rich cultural past, vintage silver Quetzalcoatl jewelry are stunning and one of my favorite sub-genres in the Taxco field. I have seen many variations of the divine Feathered Serpent, some times in repousse and others carved and overlaid like here. Anonymous yet masterfully made and quite unusual in its rendition of the motif, the necklace is 14 1/2" long (it feels like and wears a little longer due to the curve in its central part) yet can easily be made longer with the ad...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1253006 (stock #12749)
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A very intriguing combination pin/pendant necklace wrought in 980 silver and adorned with scrumptious amethysts and pearls. The design reminds me of Margot's hand but it's signed by a maker who, though listed, remains unidentified. Anonymity or not though, this is a spectacular, substantial piece and you can wear it either as a necklace or dis-attach the pendant to enjoy it as a brooch. Measuring 23 5/8" long (wearable) the chain enjoys the pendant's additional 3 5/8" drop. The pin/brooch itse...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1250495 (stock #0781)
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Impressive, having the distinct "ethnic" character that characterizes this genre of vintage Mexican jewelry, a set of articulated earrings by Rivera in emulation of Matilde Poulat's jeweled creations. Beading, wire work, amethysts and turquoise set in channels and bezels combine to make this truly regal set. Dating in the pre-1948 period (I believe Rivera's early pieces to be among the best alternatives to Matl's own work) the set is signed with maker's name as well as "HECHO EN MEXICO 925". In ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1250236 (stock #12733)
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Matching the necklace of the same design also currently available in my inventory a hand-wrought sterling silver and lapis bracelet bearing the signature of Ella Cone. Reflecting elements that are also present in the necklace's clasp, the bracelet is formed by links with wirework curlicues and beading while the stones here are set in square bezels. Fantastic patina and the rich, saturated blue in the lapis make for a stunning combination - a true collector's quality bracelet and a rare example t...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1250014 (stock #12732)
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Gorgeous Ella Cone sterling silver and lapis lazuli necklace, this is a piece that retains American Arts and Crafts influences and has the quality and design originality that characterize Cone's best pieces. I love the richness of the dark blue in the stones in juxtaposition to the warm glow of well-aged, well-loved silver. The necklace has a wearable length of 14 5/8" (actual length - always measuring the shortest strand - is 15 1/4" but I am leaving some allowance so you can clasp it). The c...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1247531 (stock #12662)
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Though she started working in the mid-1940s, there don't seem to be many pieces around bearing the signature of Johanna van Ryn. One of the few female designers of Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance, her jewelry is always of the highest quality with attention to finishing and good weight being among their characteristics. I suspect that the triple swan brooch at hand is an original idea by her - I have seen the same style of pin with her signature having swallows perched on a stylized branch li...