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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 : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1305755 (stock #13144)
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Early Los Castillo Mexican silver repousse set of earrings, this is a stunning pair, big, bold and definitely eye-catching! I find the predominance of circles and spheres quite alluring and appreciate the way the patina accentuating the design's recesses has added to the set's architecturality. Generously 2 1/4" long by 1 3/4" wide, they weigh 24.1 grams (for the set) and are hallmarked with maker's signature as shown as well as "TAXCO 925", "MADE IN MEXICO STERLING", des...
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 1960 item #815211 (stock #OGS3501)
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A spectacular example of Antonio Pineda's modernist work from the period during which he had his designs crafted at the Los Castillo Cooperativa. Made of 970 silver with an applied, three-dimensional "wave" that holds the shimmering light greyish pearl. Excellent vintage condition with absolutely no problems noted. Width between 1 1/8" and 1/2"; inner circumference 7" (including opening); 76.2 grams Appropriately and fully hallmarked with the Antonio crown mark, the Los Castillo Coope...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #819852 (stock #OGS3508)
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A classic William Spratling design, superb craftsmanship and almost true-to-life details, this is an all silver butterfly brooch...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #996408
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Fantastic Antonio Pineda silver and black onyx cross pendant necklace - I particularly love this piece for its soft black velvet "chain" which allows it to literally hug the neck... Exquisite combination of curved and angular motifs with Antonio's amazing ability to create substantial yet absolutely not overwhelming jewelry! This is a true gem that transcends the realm of the religious to become a coveted piece of adornment. The necklace is in beautiful vintage condition with only the tini...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #997370
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Very substantial yet still discrete and classy this is a Spratling creation dating in the 1940-46 period as indicated by the combination of hallmarks it bears. It is formed by three rows of "puffy", pillow-like repousse links flexibly held together with hidden pins. The fold-over clasp also blends in the design when you have it on. At 76.9 grams the bracelet weighs around the wrist in a warm, familiar way feeling comfortable and not at all overwhelming...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #999421
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Classic in the repertoire of Mexican silver jewelry design from the early period of its 20th c. renaissance the quintessentially Deco lines of this bracelet are immediately recognized as based on one of Fred Davis's signature creations. Thick gauge rectangular silver links, massive in their austerity, are centered by carved black onyx masks in deep bezel settings. The bracelet measures a wearable 7 1/4" long and is 1 1/2" wide...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1000105
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Massive and masterfully crafted this is an early Mexican silver cuff bracelet holding a huge amethyst cabochon at the center of its face! Substantial both in size as well as in weight the cuff dates in the 1930s and is simply signed "MEXICO SILVER"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1004929
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A very romantic, delicately feminine Margot de Taxco bracelet this is a piece that brings to mind the magic of fairy tales. Classic Margot high quality repousse with crisp details and perfect finish work the bracelet has good weight and feels very comfortable when worn. Measuring a wearable 6 1/2" long it is approx. 3/4" wide and has a wide hook and eye clasp. Its safety chain has a spring ring on one end and can be easily unfastened...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1007942
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A mystery bracelet to me because I just cannot seem to decipher the signature this is a spectacular, quite substantial clamper in a rarely found size for medium to smaller wrists...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1008563
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Very well known for their quality holloware Sanborn's was started by two American brothers as a small drugstore in Mexico City and grew to be one of the most important department stores in the country. In 1935 Fred Davis was hired there to supervise the company's antiques and art division and might have also produced some designs for them. Figural cuffs like this one bearing an early Sanborn's signature are not found very often...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1017437
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Very good weight, exquisite detail and excellent patina make this zodiac bracelet a true little treasure. Made in the 1950s or 1960s, it bears the Eagle 18 assay mark and a crown hallmark. I have seen this signature before on carefully crafted pieces from that period yet it seems that the specific maker - obviously a master in silversmithing - has not been identified yet. The bracelet is a wearable 7 1/2" long, 1" wide and weighs a good 56.0 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1022883
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A fine example of Los Castillo craftsmanship and a design avidly sought-after by Mexican silver jewelry collectors this choker necklace combines the heftiness of a thickly braided chain with the curves of carefully crafted repousse semi-shperes. Elegant yet substantial, it bespeaks the maestros' incredible talent and design savvy. Excellent condition with no problems noted and a secure tongue-and-box clasp, it is signed "LOS CASTILLO" and "Sterling" and bears the Eagle 5 assay mark...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1038620
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Beautifully cast sterling silver links with exceptionally careful finishing make up this vintage Alfredo Villasana necklace. Having worked for both Spratling and Aguilar, Villasana is not among the "big" names of Mexican silversmiths yet I love his work because it always displays a good sense of design, is always well-crafted and has good weight to it. The necklace at hand is an early, pre-1948 example of Villasana's jewelry and to me its links look like hearts made of feathers and scrolls...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1038622
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Matching the necklace that is also available in my store this is an early Alfredo Villasana bracelet dating in the 1930s-early 1940s...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1039097
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Perfect for smaller to medium size wrists an Art Deco silver "mask" bracelet based on one of Fred Davis's iconic designs. This is a little masterpiece and its "mask" is carved out of obsidian with generous gold flecks in it that glisten warmly when the light hits the stone. Bracelet is a wearable 6 7/8" long and its width varies between 1 3/8" in the front and 3/8" in the back. It weighs 27.9 grams on a jeweler's scale and is simply marked "STERLING MEXICO", which dates it in the 1930s. It is...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1039208
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Not very frequently coming up this is a fun Antonio Pineda ring, which I would date in the 1960s! I have never come upon this design before but I think it is related to the gorgeous silver and pearls "Knot" necklace pictured on p. 190 of "Silver Seduction", the catalogue to Pineda's big retrospective exhibition at UCLA's Fowler Museum in 2008/09. I find the complicated, thick wire knots on the face very intriguing and definitely different. The ring is a comfortable sz 6.5 and its face measur...