This antique bracelet is very old and is from Rajasthan, dated probably at least 1900 or maybe older This is one of the most unusual bracelets ever! The heavy silver front is a series of tiny interlocking slices that fit together to look like fish scales or louvers. It obviously required a tremendous concentration and hours of work to make this unique piece of art. The louvers are attached at either end with a decorative solid piece of silver decorated with a fan-shape and circles. The bracelet attaches with a tightly wound black yarn on each side and a silver button and loop. The inside circumference is 9-1/2” and outside measures 10”. It is 1-3/4” at the widest point. It weighs a substantial 110.2 grams and is in perfect condition.
This extraordinary bracelet is one of the most gorgeous pieces to ever come out of the Taller Los Castillo. It was designed by Antonio Castillo’s daughter, Emilia (or Mimi) who still makes jewelry to this day. She is also known for her beautiful ceramics – some with precious metals infused. The Aztec symbol on this bracelet is repeated on each of the 6 links to form a striking and bold overall design. This exquisite work of art weighs a hefty 136.0 grams, so it’s not for the faint of heart to wear. It is marked, “.925, Mexico, TA-01, Mimi Castillo”, and then “Los Castillo, Taxco” in a circle. It measures 9-1/2” around and each link is 1-3/8”X1-1/2”, making it a piece that could be worn by a man or a woman. In either case, it is certainly a luxurious statement piece of remarkable import.
This vintage Mexican solid copper bracelet is truly a unique work of art. It is adorned with beautifully executed silver and brass Aztec symbols. The motif on this bracelet is of an Aztec Day symbol: Cuauhtli or Eagle. Cuauhtli is a day of fighting for freedom and equality. It is a good day for action, a bad day for reflection. A good day for invoking the gods, a bad day for ignoring them. This bracelet of mixed metals is typical of those made by Maya and her workshop, Casa Maya, in the 1960’s and ’70s. Her work is recognizable by their modernist, sometimes surreal designs, stylized pre-Columbian themes, and use of mixed metals and sometimes polychrome. This bracelet is completely hand wrought by cutting the copper and shaping it by hammering to size. The hammer marks are purposely left to add texture. The silver and brass pieces are cut by hand and soldered on to the copper. It measures 6-3/4” around the outside with an opening of about one inch. It is 2” wide at the widest point. It weighs 80.8 grams. The bracelet can be fit to accommodate a different size as long as you are careful not to bend to a dramatically different size. The artist who crafted this was very skilled because the piece is impeccably executed. It is marked, “Mexico”. It is in beautiful vintage condition with only normal wear.
Certainly a modernist piece, this bracelet has a strong sculptural appeal. It is bold, vibrant, and makes a statement. Immaculately designed, it has a step-and-repeat raised design of what look like symbols covering the surface. The designer remains a mystery because the only mark is, “925”, on the inside. A deeply incised crosshatch is engraved as a background which is heavily patinaed and surrounds the raised silver symbols. The inside also has a heavy patina. This bracelet reminds me of the work of M Schon, Art Smith, or Fred Davis. It measures 5-3/4” around with a 1-1/8” gap. This bracelet is in excellent vintage condition with a few scratches on the surface as expected from an old piece. I place it circa late 1950’s-1960.
This old piece is lavishly carved with a stylized dragon on both sides of the pendant. It is set off with a gorgeous brilliant turquoise cabochon, bezel set and heavily carved on the silver back. The piece is quite old, probably from the 1950's or '60's and shows that it has been worn because of the smoothness of the edges on the back of the pendant. It is quite a unique piece and I added a fancy chain because it just seemed to fit the character of the piece.The chain is 24" long and is marked, "sterling" and I believe it is from Italy, The pendant measures a little over 2" diameter with another 1-1/4" for the bail. It is a lovely piece.
This antique Peruvian Sterling silver link bracelet is a treasure of the artistry of an old Peruvian silversmith. Each link is covered with incised pattern and texture and depicts various figures of Inca legends, including an Inca warrior, Viracocha, and an Eagle. There is a pre-Incan legend that speaks of Viracocha who is depicted in many forms. Viracocha, as the feathered serpent god, is one of the great mysteries of ancient American cultures. He was called Kukulkan by the Mayas, Quetzalcoatl by the Aztecs, Viracocha by the Incas, Gucumatz in Central America, Votan in Palenque and Zamna in Izamal. It is probably circa 1930's-'40's. The design and the way the links are curved and connected to each other is quite remarkable. The hallmarks are, "925, Peru, AS”. It weighs a massive 71.1 grams. Each of the 5 links is approximately 1-7/8” long x 1-3/8” wide, making the total wearable length approximately 7”. The tongue and box closure fasten with a positive “snap. This unusual and spectacular bracelet is in excellent condition and does not appear to have any damage. This is an amazing piece of Peruvian silver artistry and a true collector’s item.
This exquisite sterling silver bracelet is a spectacular work of art made by a tribal artisan from Rajasthan, India. It is finely detailed with seven rows of two different patterns of silver rope. Each of the strands is perfectly and meticulously crafted, and joined at five junctures with decorated silver wire. The fastener is actually the highlight of the bracelet with solid silver end caps decorated with chevrons. The clasp is a pin and tube that closes quite securely. It is made of 925 sterling and is so-marked, with another mark of “S”, probably for the artist. It is is 8-3/8” long X 5/8” wide with the clasp measuring little over 1” wide, and weighs 63.7 grams. This bracelet is incredibly fashionable and has a feel of warmth on the arm. It is one of those pieces that you could wear every day as you would an identification bracelet. It could easily be worn by a man or a woman.
This striking brooch designed with a goldstone bezel-set cabochon is truly a piece de resistance in Mexican silver artistry. It can either be worn as a pendant or a brooch, but either way, this exceptional piece took untold hours to make and finish with such fine detail. This magnificent pendant/brooch was fabricated with meticulous detail by remarkably gifted and experienced hands. The detail has very small silver wire wound very tightly to form tiny spirals intercepted by larger "v" shapes. The background for the shapes and the outer circle were cut by hand from one piece of silver sheet. These elements and the bail and clasp were soldered in place to make a spectacular and incomparable piece of jewelry. The hallmark reads, "Hecho en Mexico DF 0.925, RN, Eagle 206". In Billie Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks, she shows that "Eagle 206" and script initials, "RJ", is attributed to TANE Orfebres which is a prominent silver house in Mexico City that sold the work of many famous silversmiths under the trade name, "TANE". It was established in 1953 which is about the date I would attribute this phenomenal piece to. The hallmark reads, "Hecho en Mexico DF 0.925, RN, Eagle 206". In Billie Hougart's book, "The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks", she shows that "Eagle 206" and script initials, "RJ", is attributed to TANE Orfebres which is a prominent silver house in Mexico City that sold the work of many famous silversmiths under the trade name, "TANE". It was established in 1953.
This necklace is one-of-a-kind from Linda Summers, Jeweler. She hand-picked several exotic antique beads – all of different types and character to form a unique burst of yellow-greens, pale green, turquoise, and golden bronze pearls. In addition, it has brass spacers, pearls, and flat brass beads. It ends with a brass, gold-plated toggle fastener. It measures approximately 26” long and the center Chinese bead is 1-1/4” diameter. The necklace is a real statement piece and will go with many types of styles and dress. The antique and collectable beads in this necklace are all from high-end vintage bead galleries.
The center piece of this necklace is an Ethiopian Coptic Cross, with old jade beads, silver decorative beads, red glass, and vintage trade beads. This necklace was created by Linda Summers, artist and jeweler from these interesting elements. For over 1600 years Christian Ethiopians have worn neck crosses as a symbol of faith. The crosses are usually named from the region that they originate. The crosses feature various designs from the simplistic Greek or Latin crucifix to the more elaborate with flared arms, trefoils, decorative projections, complicated openwork designing, and patterns of interwoven lines symbolizing eternity. The beaded necklace is 29” long, with an added 2-1/2” of the cross. It is circa 1960's. It closes with a silver hook and eye.
This lovely vintage Mexican hand wrought bracelet is crafted from the highest 980 grade silver, which is close to being pure silver. This elegant piece is in superb condition and has six curved panels, each set with an amethyst cabochon, bezel-set in the midst of intricate scrolls of silver wire and tiny beads covering the face of each link. The stones in the center of each panel are 11.5-12mm bulbous, round amethysts, which show clear-to-matrix inclusion and exhibit a range of lavender to purple colors. Some show inherent characteristics of clouded matrix and inner fissuring but no damages. It weighs 41.5 grams, is approximately 7” inside wearable length, and each of the links is 1” square. It is simply marked, “Taxco 980”, which is typical of the earliest pieces in Taxco, and places this in the 1920’s-1930’s. Back in the 1920’s-1940”s, artists did not sign their work, and scant identification was the norm. To read more about the history of great Mexican silver masters, refer to Penny Morrill and Carole Berk’s book,” Mexican Silver”. Beginning in the 1920's, the silver artisans of Mexico rose to a new definition of perfection in design and craftsmanship as the result of the strong influence and patronage of William Spratling, a talented architect and designer who engendered a city of tallers and jewelers in Taxco during that time. This bracelet is the result of the renaissance that emanated from Taxco and flourished from the 1920's-1960's in several cities in Mexico. Each of the seven panels is expertly crafted and joined together with silver jump tings. The clasp is a simple open J-tab and eye. The back is unblemished except for the marks of the wax model from which this was cast. This matchless bracelet is still in perfect vintage condition and is one you will want if you appreciate first-class wearable art.
Copper jewelry was very popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s and this cuff bracelet is from that era. The design is clearly one of Casa Maya in Mexico, and is covered with intricate brass wire flourishes, punctuated with 6 red wooden beads. The patina gives it character and the closure is uniquely a removable pin with hinge. The mixture of wide sections against narrow ones and the handwrought hammered edge makes this an unforgettable ornament. It measures about 7-1/2” end-to-end and is 2-1/8” wide at the widest point.It is marked, "Mexico". It is in excellent vintage condition and is a colorful and eye-catching piece.
This lavish vintage silver charm bracelet is an incomparable example of Mexican artistry circa 1930’s. It has an abundance of charms: 16 total, including 2 pitchers, sombrero, 3 bells, ladle, lariat, jingle bell, spoon, cup, dish, fluted pan, pail, kylix, and a trough. It is not marked, which is typical of the earliest Mexican silverwork, but tests positive for sterling or better. It measures approximately 7” wearable length and weighs 35.2 grams. It is in excellent vintage condition with a hook and eye closure that snaps securely. This is a most unusual bracelet because of the plenitude and diversity of charms. This extraordinary bracelet would be a great addition to any collection.
Here is a classic, elegant, and timeless Mexican Silver bracelet defined by the large scale of the green stones. This superb creation is a foremost example of the quality design and construction of the hand crafted Mexican silverwork that came out of Mexico during the silver renaissance of the 1920’s-1970’s. The design features 8 large, alternating curved links if green cabochons and silver panels. The green stones are a beautiful color and have no chips or nibbles on them. They look like they could be art glass, but I am not certain. Whatever the stones, they are incredibly distinctive. The piece is marked, “925, Plata, Hecho en Mexico”, and initials AR or AH, or AK.? inside the circle. There is no Eagle Assay mark, so I would put this piece prior to 1948. Each link is approximately 1-3/8” wide X 1-1/4”, measuring 7” wearable length overall. It weighs 57.3 grams. It is extremely well-crafted, with no damage other than the normal for a piece this old.The tongue-in-box clasp fits tightly. It is a bewitching and captivating piece of Mexican art history.
The era that brought us incredibly unique design in fashion and jewelry was the 1940”s and 1950’s. One of the most prolific jewelry designers was Jerry Fels, who started Renoir copper jewelry in LA in the 1946. His designs were simple, graphic, and architectural. The Renoir line was primarily copper, but when he began to add enamel, the Matisse line was born in 1952. This bracelet is one of his classic Matisse designs, the “Peter Pan”, and is made up of articulating copper links with shades of turquoise and blue enamel alternating among solid copper. It measure 7-1/4" long and 1-1/4" wide at the widest. It is in perfect vintage condition with no unusual wear. I have only polished it minimally. It is marked, “Matisse”.
Siwa jewelry has long been prized for its exquisite design and craftsmanship. While some jewelry is purely ornamental, other pieces are tied to Siwi customs. The aghraw and the adrim are traditional Siwi pieces of jewelry related to marriage customs. The aghraw is a circular loop which holds the disc-shaped adrim. When a woman is still unmarried, she wears both, but once she marries, she passes the adrim to a younger girl in the family. This adrim is richly adorned with a cross pattern and other decorative designs filling the background. It is sterling silver, marked, “925”, and is 2” in diameter, with the bail adding another 5/8”. The collar is also sterling and was custom-made to fit the disc because the original one was damaged. It is approximately 15” tip-to-tip and is quite substantial. Both pieces weigh approximately 41.5 grams. This is a unique piece of jewelry, carrying with it a rich history and tradition. It has been in my own personal collection since about 1980.
These beautiful earrings are classic Hector Aguilar. He was one of the premier silversmiths from the Spratling era Taxco. He began by working for William Spratling as the manager of the Taller de Las Delicias in 1936. In 1939, he opened his own shop. He launched Taller Borda in 1948, which was a retail shop that ultimately closed in 1962. Many of the great silversmiths of the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, ‘50’s, and ‘60’s worked for Hector Aguilar. His work is exquisitely graphic and sculptural. These earrings are marked "Taxco, 940, Eagle 9”, and the stylized “HA” hallmark (see picture). They are 1-1/4” long and weigh 10.4 grams. They were probably cast and the backs cut from silver sheet and soldered along with the screwbacks. These are in excellent condition and do not appear to have any damage. These truly are classic Aguilar.
This plump silver bow is a classic Los Ballesteros design. It can be worn as a pendant or a brooch, but either way, this exceptional piece took untold hours to make and finish with such fine precision. It is marked, "Talleres de los Ballesteros, Taxco, Gro., 925, Hecho en Mexico”. It also has the design number which looks like, “??34”. According to Billie Hougart’s, The Little Book Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks, Talleres de Los Ballesteros was established in the family’s home town of Iguala in 1937 by Jalil Majul Ballesteros. It was a family business that eventually moved to Taxco in 1941. They were known as a very successful manufacturer and retailer. Their stylized, “B”, is a distinguishing mark on their work, which has changed over time. The mark on this piece was used from 1942-1980. It measures 2-3/4" across the widest part and 2-1/4" across the other direction, and weighs a hefty 26.5 grams. It is a stunning piece of wearable sculpture. This lovely piece is in excellent vintage condition.