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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1288088 (stock #13046)
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Obviously inspired by William Spratling's third design period, in which he frequently used tortoise shell to adorn his pieces, yet probably more directly emulating a difficult to find Antonio Pineda creation, a modernist Taxco necklace wrought in 980 silver, an alloy higher in precious metal than the standard sterling grade. Quintessentially minimalist, the necklace's central part is shaped like a stylized swag, one of its two overlapping parts all silver, the second with shell inlay...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1287385 (stock #13034)
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Early Taxco modernist silver and moonstones cuff bracelet very reminiscent of Antonio Pineda in both style and materials combination. Minimalist, with stunning presence and the hand-wrought quality that characterizes Mexican jewelry from the '30s and '40s, an unsigned piece to re-affirm the conviction that gorgeous jewelry does not always have to come with a big signature attached to it...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1286775 (stock #12945)
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Signed by Gerardo Lopez, an accomplished early Taxco maestro whose repousse jewelry is steadily growing in popularity, a big, showy sterling brooch featuring a splendidly ornate bird of paradise. I could hardly exaggerate the attention to detail and flawless finishing in Lopez's work - here the oxidation and the patina developed over time accentuate the sculpturality of the design. Measuring a generous 3 1/4" tall by 2 5/8" wide the brooch weighs 22.7 grams...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1286774 (stock #12618)
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A piece from the opening years of the Los Castillo taller this is a simply stunning bracelet! Despite the almost minimalist design, the cuff is breath-taking with its huge black onyx cab that centers its face and glistens whenever the light hits it. The sterling frame has thick twist-rope accents while big fleur-de-lis motifs flank the stone...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Scandinavian : Pre 1970 item #1286189 (stock #12354)
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Designed for David Andersen by Bjorn Sigurd Ostern a vintage 1960s sterling silver and enamel pendant necklace with an original Andersen neck ring. This design is referred to as "Thor's Hammer" and in our case it comes in stunning shades of blue. I love the hand-hammered finish of the torque and the set's slick elegance. The pendant is just shy of 2" tall by 1 7/16" wide while the neck ring has an inner circumference of 15 5/8" (including the 7/8" gap; yet relatively adjustable)...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1286188 (stock #12908)
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Classic sterling silver repousse necklace from French Indochina, this is an exquisitely made piece its links brimming with small chrysanthemum flowers, buds and leaves. Possibly made by Chinese silversmiths of the diaspora, it is a pleasure to wear and I love the way it combines classic Chinese motifs with the angularity of Deco design. The necklace is 15 3/8" long (wearable) with its width varying between 1" and 5/16". It weighs 41.2 grams and is marked "INDOCHINA" and "SILVER FRENCH"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1285038 (stock #13008)
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A signature design for Margot de Taxco, the koi silver and amethyst clamper bracelet is a must-have for the dedicated collector and the lover of things beautiful alike. Executed in dramatic repoussage that looks more like sculpting because of its depth and the thick silver sheet used to craft it, Margot's original is far above and beyond all contemporary emulations be they signed by a known maker or anonymous. I leave the rest to the descriptive power of photography...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1284675 (stock #13005)
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Generously long and beautifully crafted, a set of vintage Mexican silver dangle earrings made for Arte en Plata, a Mexico City based shop owned by the Jacopo brothers. Arte en Plata sold high quality jewelry commissioned from independent maestros in Taxco whose initials can often be found marking the pieces as well. The earrings at hand, steeped in Spanish Colonial tradition interpreted here with a mod twist are part of a set that also includes the matching bracelet...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1284518 (stock #13003)
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There can be no other design that epitomizes Mexican Deco better than Abraham Paz's "mask". One of the maestro's earliest creations, it can be found with Fred Davis's signature as well as with Paz's initials - like the ring at hand. Splendidly shaped, the "mask" is only minimally carved to denote the eyes, nose and mouth...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1283953 (stock #12998)
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Vintage mid-century mod Mexican silver cuff bracelet, this piece is a veritable ode to the sublime nature of minimalism. I adore the perfection of the curve, the heftiness of the architectural band, the fantastic patina. We don't know much about Taxco's Arte en Plata yet but I think the "arte" in their name is well-deserved. The cuff measures 6 1/2" inner circumference (including the 1 1/4" gap; perfect for smaller to medium wrists) and 7/16" in width and thickness...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1283117 (stock #12988)
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Vintage Deco Italian "giardinetto" necklace, this is an all-silver example with floral and Northern Wind or gargoyle mask dangles in the style popularized by the Peruzzi Bros of Florence. Very nicely cast, with good detail and ornate floral and scroll links, the necklace seems to retain traces of old vermeil that has mellowed over time into a warm patina...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1283114 (stock #12989)
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Vintage sterling repousse Mexican hinged bracelet with rows of silver semi-spheres and turquoise cabs, this is a classic Deco design and one of the most enduring early Mexico City creations...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1282634 (stock #12986)
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Wonderful Peruzzi, Florence Italian earrings dating in the Deco years, this set is wrought in 800 silver which was the standard for Italian jewelers until 1934. A heart-shaped set, it is adorned with floral and foliate motifs and has tiny little "mock bells" hanging off it. Beautifully made and early they measure just shy of 2" long by 7/8" wide and weigh 13.5 grams (for the set). Signed "PERUZZI FLORENCE" and "SILVER 800" the set dates in the 1900-1930s period and is in excellent vintage condit...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1282626 (stock #12985)
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Stunning Deco Italian necklace wrought in 800 silver in the style of the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros, this piece features an elaborately cast pendant housing a huge faceted amethyst. Renaissance Revival in its orientation the pendant is adorned with putti and a bare-breasted mermaid while the chain has fruit and foliate links. Fantastic patina, very good casting and generous in proportions - an excellent example of the genre. The pendant is 3 1/4" tall by 2 5/16" wide while the chain is 27" long ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1282051 (stock #12850)
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Classic Deco Mexican silver and amethyst bracelet in a highly stylized foliate design, I love this piece for its big, chunky stone. With its articulated links it conforms to the wrist’s every move and feels like silk when you have it on. Yet the most stunning detail is the deep, saturated color of the amethyst. The bracelet measures 7″ long (wearable; actual length is 7 3/8″) by 1 3/16″ wide and weighs 40.8 grams, It is simply marked “STERLING 925″ and dates in the ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1281411 (stock #12981)
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Rare and early a Los Castillo Mexican silver and amethyst necklace, this beauty is a veritable Taxco treasure. Comprised of 3 strands of small, hand-wrought beads accented by a big, lusciously colored central cabochon, it is completed by a special silver clasp adorned with a smaller yet equally beautiful stone. The high content of the alloy used here (.980 instead of the standard sterling, .925) has allowed for the most wonderful patina to develop. A true collector’s dream and definitely museu...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1280450 (stock #12942)
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Antonio Pineda Mexican silver mod earrings, this is a set that features teardrop amethysts wrapped in stylized bows. Perfect patina, beautiful color in the stones, sweet size (not too short, not too long) and a design not often encountered elevate this set to the level of a true must-have for the dedicated collector. The earrings measure 1 5/8″ long by 11/16″ wide and weigh 17.3 grams (for the set). They are signed with Pineda’s “SILVER BY TONO” signature alongside Eagle 17 as...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1279853 (stock #12967)
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Iconic Mexican silver and amethyst ring bearing Fred Davis’s signature, this is a Deco beauty and a Davis classic! Adjustable due to its open shank, it is topped by a massive stone housed in a tiered, angular setting. Presently a sz 7 its face is 1 1/8″ by 3/4″ and it rises approx. 5/8″ off finger when worn. The ring weighs 15.7 grams and is signed with Fred Davis’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “MADE IN MEXICO”. It dates in the 1920s-30s and is in excellent v...