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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1215769 (stock #0780)
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Stupendous Rivera sterling silver necklace in emulation of Matilde Poulat's bejeweled jewelry, this is an early piece, very well made and an excellent alternative for all of us who either can't find a Matl or shy away from the prices her creations command. Constructed of two-part, articulated links the necklace sits like a dream around the neck and feels royal...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1215448 (stock #12462)
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Beautifully rendered emulations of Margot de Taxco's koi fish earrings, this pair is signed by a maker who is known among collectors of vintage Mexican jewelry for his prowess in the art of repoussage and the high quality of his work. I think the point I am trying to make is amply illustrated by the bold repousse, the dark oxidation in the recesses of the design and the care that went into the finishing touches...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1215279 (stock #12084)
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If angularity is one of the main features in Deco design, then you can see why I think this bracelet by Beto is a quintessentially Deco creation. Deeply hand-chased, the geometry of the links is softened by the curved edges and the roundness of the semi-spheres and amethyst cabs yet even so the predominance of the angle is crystal clear. A gorgeous piece, perfect whether you dress for an official dinner or for a casual evening out, this is one of Beto's best moments...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1215278 (stock #12469)
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Vintage Chinese silver brooch in the form of a phoenix, the bird's magnificence illustrated with vibrant enamels. This is one of the most attractive pins I have had recently - I also love its size; not tiny nor overwhelmingly big, it can be worn easily even every day. In excellent vintage condition with absolutely no losses in the enamel (just a couple of very tight, short surface cracks here and there) and the vermeil in very good shape as well...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1214573 (stock #12255)
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One of the best retailers during Taxco's heyday, La Cucaracha has presented me over the years with just a few yet exceptional examples of vintage Mexican silversmsithing. Their pieces don't surface very often but it pays to search them out. I believe that the cuff at hand illustrates the point I am trying to make in the best possible way. A classic Taxco design from the Deco years, it can be found in several variations, widths and qualities...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1214572 (stock #12249)
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Known for his brooches and matched earrings, Isidro Pina crafted his jewelry mostly out of 950 silver, an alloy that wasn't used by many in the pre-1980 period. Though he did produce necklaces and bracelets as well, creations bearing the Maricela signature in these forms are more rare and hence more difficult to find. The wide, double row cuff I am presenting here is a Taxco classic yet Pina's version is heavier than most and very carefully executed...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1213731 (stock #12464)
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Gorgeous vintage pair of Georg Jensen dangle earrings in a repousse leaf and berry design designated as no 32A on their back. Sculpturality, exquisite patina and the unparalleled crispness in the design's execution transform the pair into a veritable miniature work of art. The earrings measure 1 1/2" long by 3/4" wide and the set weighs 9.2 grams. Both pieces are signed on the back with Jensen's post-1945 hallmark as shown in addition to the design number and "STERLING DENMARK"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1213725 (stock #12465)
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Out of her taller, which opened in 1953, Emma Melendez, niece to renowned maestro Rafael Melendez, sold hand-wrought silver jewelry by her and other known or still unidentified makers, Jose Luis Flores, Francisco Rivera and Victor Jaimez being among them. The cuff bracelet at hand, in an ornate "Old World" design, ties together stylized heart elements cut out of thick silver sheet, deeply chased and oxidized...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1212251 (stock #12374)
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Perfect for this summer's romantic bride an old Taxco, fan-shaped crown hair comb topped by repousse sterling spheres with cut-out designs and geometric motifs chased into it. Gorgeous and sooo romantic, it brings to mind Spanish lace, steamy hot temperaments and ladies with almond-shaped eyes... The comb measures 4 1/8" tall by 3 1/8" wide (at its widest, at the top) and weighs a good 20.2 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1211366 (stock #12238)
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I have a weakness for big, hinged bangle bracelets and am always on the look-out for interesting designs. And this one really caught my attention! Early, dating in the pre-1948 period, and adorned with three gorgeous alexandrite simulants, it is also diamond-etched and boasts stylized foliate cut-outs...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1211045 (stock #12422)
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Often referred to as the "Spratling of Peru", Graziella Laffi needs no introduction to the knowledgeable collector of vintage Peruvian silver jewelry. Inspired by the country's rich pre-Colombian heritage which she interpreted in a mod, timeless way, Laffi's pieces are sought-after and just a pleasure to have and behold. The hand-hammered necklace at hand, oxidized and endearingly assymetrical, has four figural, sculptural charms hanging off it...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1209335 (stock #1375)
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Vintage sterling silver dangle earrings bearing the signature of Arcoz in a style that I want to call folkoric with a mod twist to it! Obviously a "transitional" design, it combines its almost Spanish Colonial dangles and repousse with the daring sweeping lines of modernism in the set's daring curves. The earrings are 2 1/8" long by 1 3/8" wide (at their widest, including the dangles) and weight 19.3 grams (for the set)...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1209333 (stock #1229)
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The first time I ever came upon this design, I thought of puffy clouds drawn with the innocent stylization of a happy child's hand. By looking it at it for a second time, I can say that the impression still holds and it's such a pleasant one too! L.S.E...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1209307 (stock #0873)
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Possibly the most sought after creation in Casa Maya's copper, brass and green enamel line the habitually referred to as "The Kiss" design is characterized by a bold, crazy "Carmen Miranda" attitude. Yet it seems that the bracelet's two figures are most probably pre-Colombian noblemen and according to Hargrove even representations of the great 7th c. CE king Pakal of Palenque (see Sandy Hargrove, Maya Mexico Jewelry, p. 62 ). Wrought out of hand-hammered copper and brass the two figures fo...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1209101 (stock #12294)
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A talented silversmith and good designer, Alfredo Villasana is known not only for his original pieces (which I truly appreciate for their imaginative design and perfect finishing) but for his high quality emulations of pieces that were first issued by the big talleres, usually of the Los Castillo and Margot de Taxco ones. I am not sure whether the fabulous pectoral I am presenting here comes up with either the Los Castillo or Margot signatures in the specific configuration of elements yet the...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1209099 (stock #12297)
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An early Los Castillo creation as indicated by the low design number it comes with, this is a cuff with daring, sweeping lines intensified by the taller's bold repoussage and the patina it has acquired over time. It is not a coincidence that the Los Castillo family ranks among the premier designers and silvermsiths of Taxco's 20th c. Silver Renaissance. It is not only their stunning desing repertoire that awards them that position; it's also the caliber of their craftsmanship, the attention t...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1208035 (stock #12282)
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What can I say about this truly rare, amazing find? Early, early Mexican repousse bracelet, similar to Matilde Poulat's first creations, it is wrought of 900 silver and probably hails from Mexico City. I believe that this is an early A. Tobias piece based on the raised initials "T.A." that are part of the hallmarks and also on the style, date and workmanship. Not much is known about Tobias but I have had his work before and I am always impressed by its quality - not to mention by the fact that h...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1208034 (stock #12266)
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The combination of copper and sterling is one of the best moments of vintage Mexican silver jewelry - just take a look at the necklace presented here with its highly detailed silver koi fish hugging warmly mellowed copper semi-spheres. A known Los Castillo design, most presumably also a Margot creation from the period she was fascinated by Japanese art, I just never tire of it nor any of its known variations. And even though the necklace at hand is an "anonymous" beauty, it is udoubtedly one ...