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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...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1317417 (stock #12721)
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A master lapidary, Enrique Ledesma has a magical way of seamlessly marrying silver and stone and the bracelet presented here is one of his signature designs. I am very partial to azur-malachite and just by looking at the richness of the blues and greens in the stones you can understand why. Measuring 7" long (wearable) the bracelet is 3/4" wide and weighs 35.5 grams. It is signed with Ledesma's name as well as "TAXCO HECHO EN MEXICO", "925" and also bears Eagle 3 assay mark and des. no 202...
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 1950 item #1316411 (stock #13314)
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Rare and hence avidly collected, Marcel Boucher's Parisina line was crafted in Mexico for a few years around WWII. The sterling silver bracelet at hand is quite a find - slick and very very mod, with an inventive clasp that blends into the piece when you have it on but still has two little beads on the link that holds it so you can find it again, and with generous in size, prong-set amethyst glass gems adorning it...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1315620 (stock #13163)
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Matching the necklace in the same design that is also available on this site (you actually see the demi together in one of the photos), a vintage Francisco Rivera for Emma Melendez sterling silver bracelet with color-change sapphires that are habitually referred to as alexandrites in Taxco jewelry. This must be a very rare design; in all my years of searching for vintage Mexican pieces, I have never seen it come up before...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1315416 (stock #13203)
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Alfredo Villasana is one of my favorite "less celebrated" early Taxco maestros. Though all of his work is beautiful, he did have some exceptional moments and the bracelet presented here is, I believe, a great example. Heavy shield-shaped sterling links with oxidation and beading connect to floral rondelles, each one holding a big simulated alexandrite (color-change corundum, in fact) in substantial crown settings...
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 1950 item #1313741 (stock #12897/12898)
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Thick amethyst bars held in substantial sterling oval links that allow for maximum light to showcase the stones' beauty impart a distinct "industrial" feel to this Cheo necklace and bracelet set that is obviously emulating Antonio Pineda's design. Modernism at one of its best less-is-more moments; I would even dare say that the demi at hand touches upon brutalist aesthetics. The necklace measures 16 7/8" long (wearable) by 9/16" wide and weighs 96.2 grams. The bracelet is approx...
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 1970 item #1310067 (stock #13162)
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Divine Francisco Rivera for Emma Melendez sterling silver necklace adorned with simulated alexandrite (color-change corundum) in a modernist floral sprig design that I have never seen before. This is an exceptionally well-made piece - the silver is thick, deeply chased and glows with the warmth of well aged sterling; the stones are stunning, changing their color from a deep amethyst to steely purple when the light hits them, and the craftsmanship is unsurpassable. Rivera at one of his ingenious ...
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 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. With an inner circumference of 6 1/2" (yet adjustable due to its hinged construction), it has a width tapering from an impressive 3 3/4" at the front...