This bracelet is so lavishly decorated that words are really lacking to describe it with justice. It is a true Art Nouveau period piece circa 1915-1920’s. Art Nouveau was an important, avant-garde movement that appeared at the turn of the 20th century whose principle was that nature rather than the ancient classicist should be the foundation of all art. The entire surface of the bracelet is covered with opulent Art Nouveau patterns of flowers, flourishes, and in the center, a raised design of an iris. The craftsmanship on the bracelet is superb and it is still in great condition. It has a snap closure that works well and closes with a strong, “snap”. It measures 1-3/4” tall at the center of the front and tapers to ¾” the rest of the way around. It is approximately 7-1/4” inside circumference. It is an extraordinary bracelet and one that will steal the show. As with all antique and vintage jewelry, you must take care of it to preserve it as well as it has been thus far.
This is an extraordinarily beautiful cuff bracelet, crafted with impeccable artisan workmanship. The base is solid brass, with copper wire channel-set in perfect symmetry. It is marked with an "L", which is a mark I am unfamiliar with. This bracelet is one that is a real treasure in design and craftsmanship. It measures 1-1/2" wide X 2" across the widest span.
Here is masterpiece charm bracelet that is totally top shelf! This one is so packed with prize pieces that it is difficult to count them, but I think there are 45 charms! These intriguing and nostalgic charms are pearls, faceted crystals, stones, mother–of-pearl, pearl and gold-colored ornaments, and many other baubles too unique to describe. The photos show better details of this bracelet, fashioned from a bygone era. The gold color chain and decorative parts appear to be brass or something similar. The bracelet is in excellent condition with only one charm that shows wear. It is almost 8” wearable length and looks like a wrist ruff on the arm. This is one that will stop a clock at any gathering!
These elegant vintage Taxco sterling silver earrings are decorated with symmetrical flourishes covering the surface, reminiscent of heraldic symbols. The graceful design is raised with dark patinaed background. They are marked, " Taxco 925 Mexico" in a circle, with the artist’s initials, “AVC” in the center. It also has the Eagle 3 assay stamp and part of what was probably “sterling”. This artist is documented in Bille Hougart’s, “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. They are approximately 1-1/4 long and ¾” wide, and are screw backs. They weigh 7 grams. These were probably cast and then cut out around the edge of the design. Then the alpaca screw backs were soldered on. These are in excellent vintage condition and are a striking sophisticated design.
This vintage Mexican brooch depicts a large pitcher or ewer that is rounded and punctuated with silver balls and turquoise. It is beautifully crafted and an old style from the pre-Eagle era of Mexican silver. It is circa 1930?s-1940?s. The small cabochon stone is turquoise and is bezel-set. The artist who crafted this was very skilled because the piece is impeccably executed. Gerardo Lopez designed a ewer like this and this could have been done in his shop. Often tallers allowed silversmiths to sell a few of their own without the maestro's mark. It was fabricated by hand, cut from silver sheet, and the shape formed by repousse, as well as the raised silver balls. Then the clasp was soldered on and the back soldered to the front and the stone set. It is marked, "Made in Mexico Silver". It measures 2-1/2? tall x 1-3/4? at the widest point. It weighs 10.6 grams. The piece is in beautiful vintage condition with absolutely no scratches or dings. The clasp works perfectly. This is a highly collectible piece.
This old silver pendant is highly decorative and intriguing. Made by hand by tribal artists in this country in western Asia. This piece was originally made to go with several matching beads, strung as a bridal necklace. The starshot design is one of three prominent patterns used by Yemen Jewish silversmiths in the early 1900s. These artisans were were always conscientious about preserving wealth of his bridal customer because she would depend on her cache of silver should her husband be unable to provide for her. The surface is adorned with silver wire and raised designs and displays a rich grey and black patina with the raised silver design peeking through. This pendant also has a maker’s mark next to the ring that holds the small dangling balls. The cartouche is pressed into molten silver. The chain is 21” long and the large bead is about 1-1/2” in diameter. This is a treasure for someone who appreciates very old tribal arts.
Copper Giant Link Abstract Design Bracelet-1950's-'60's This vintage bracelet is such a large scale that no one can miss it. It has three huge links with a raised abstract that looks like a “tornado” design on each one. It’s very shiny and a captivating design for someone who is not afraid to wear striking, fashionable pieces that are always noticed. It measures about 7-1/2” wearable length with each link measuring 2”X2”. It fits a smaller wrist because there isn’t much curve to it. It is in very good vintage condition with no visible flaws. The clasp works fine with a tiny bit on wear showing on the outside. It is not marked.
These sterling silver earrings are large and showy and were made by a Mexican silversmith sometime in the late ‘70’s-‘80’s. They are sculptural and dramatic and weigh 24.8 grams. They are marked, “925, TO-40, Mexico”. TO-40 is for Taxco artist Judith Cuervo Ortiz. They are worn with the pointed end down and measure2-3/4” tip-to-tip and are almost 1” wide at the widest point. The design is bold and they are definitely a statement piece.
This vintage Kazakh silver Asyk Heart pendant is representative of those that are given to the Turkoman women as dowry gifts and worn as a symbol of marriage and fertility. The surface of this pendant is adorned with perfectly formed spirals and tiny circles made of silver wire. The edge also was wire that was flattened to create a texture. In the center is a bezel-set agate and there is still some gilt showing on the surface. This is a very fine historical piece in good vintage condition. The pendant measures 2-5/8” tall X 1-3/4” wide at the widest point. Like other nomadic tribes of Central Asia, the Kazakh’s were of Turco-Mongolian heritage. Their nomadic travels brought them to Iran, China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Iraq, and elsewhere. There are Kazakhs living in Turkmenistan and Turkmen in Tajikistan, and there is often a mingled influence of cultures in jewelry design and function.
This ring has a very contemporary vibe, but is more likely from the 1950’s. It has 5 raised bands around the shank that begin wider at the stone, tapering to smaller at the base of the ring. Each of the band is square-cut and raised with textured depressions in between. The center is graced by an onyx elliptical-shaped, bezel-set, cabochon stone. The only marking is “925” with no makers mark. It has the look of very old Taxco, Mexican work, but I cannot be sure. It is in excellent vintage condition. It has been sized at one time, but looks fine.
This distinctly elegant brooch was made by a known Mexican silver master, Lico. The impeccable execution of this brooch substantiates the skill of the artist who created it. This exquisite piece is a lyrical shape of swirls and suggestion of leaves, and is very 3-dimensional. It measures 2-3/4" on the longest dimension and is 1-1/2" at the widest point. It weighs gram 12.1 grams. It is marked, "Sterling, Lico, Taxco, 925". It is circa 1940’s. The silversmiths of this era in Taxco were known for their unequalled design and craftsmanship. Their worked became sought-after all over the world and brought fame to the tiny village of Taxco. Most of these masters are no longer living, so their work is even more collectible. The roll part of the clasp is missing, but it still works as a clasp. It is very striking and is obviously quite old, but is in excellent vintage condition.
This necklace is very primitive in style as it was made by tribal peoples many years ago. I don't know the age precisely, but it must be about 40 yrs. old., maybe older. It is about 24" long with silver beads interspersed between the pipestone. It is something that looks well with other beads and chains to have a layered effect. It is in good condition and the clasp is a simple hook and eye.
This little pin shows a dancing monkey and other symbols. This dancing monkey or "Chuen", is a familiar theme in Mayan artifacts and Mexican jewelry. Chuen is the name for the Monkey Day Glyph in the Mayan calendar. This symbol is associated with master artisan, master craftsman, imaginative, mischievous, gaining wisdom through curiosity. William Spratling, the father of Taxco silver artistry, and other designers used it often. Although it is small, it is a really fine piece of inlay work. The face is matt-finished silver with the monkey cut out revealing the black material underneath. It may be plastic. It also has other bits of copper and turquoise that show through the cut out shapes. The back is also matt finished silver that has tiny rivets securing it to the black material. It is magnificently crafted to perfection, and was entirely fabricated by hand. It is marked, “Sterling, 925, Mexico” in the shape of a triangle. The maker’s mark, “AMI”, is inside the triangle, and what looks like a crown is below the triangle. “AMI” is referred to in Bille Hougart’s, The Little Book Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. It measures 1-3/4” x 1-1/8” x 1/8” thick, and weighs 7.5 grams. This lovely piece is in excellent vintage condition. It would be a great gift.
Copper jewelry was very popular in the 1950’s and ‘60’s and this cuff bracelet is from that era. It is a remarkable design with pierced brass covering most of the copper, but with cutouts that let the copper peek through. Each cutout is a scalloped-edge circle with a brass dome in between each one. It is a simple, yet intriguing design and is quite stunning. It measures about 6” end-to-end and is 1-1/2” wide. It can be bent to fit most any arm as copper is very malleable. It is in excellent vintage condition and will grace the arm of the buyer with great panache.
This antique bracelet and earrings are made in the traditional Mexican "coffee bean" style with green half moon stones. The coffee bean style is made from silver domes that have been mashed in the center with a narrow tool. This sterling bracelet has 8 links, with alternating stones set in silver with rows of small silver balls, and the coffee bean "flower" motif in between. It has a pair of matching earrings that are screw backs. The bracelet is marked, "Taxco, 925" and the earrings, "silver, Mexico". They are most likely from the 1940's because of the markings and the typical wear. I'm not sure of the stone, but think it could be Lucite or some other synthetic material used in that era. This is a very nice set and the clasp on the bracelet works well.
These vintage earrings are the work of Marjorie Baer, jewelry designer, who has made a name by designing unusual mixtures of metals in intriguing powerful designs. She reuses some objects to combine in ways that have an “industrial” feel. She started designing when she finished school at UC Berkley, went to New York, and sold her first pieces on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum. She is based in San Francisco and signs her work, “Baer SF”. The intriguing thing about these earrings is the stair step levels that give the pieces a look of an ancient pyramid. They are very 3-dimensional because of the way she has handled the “steps” in the brass. They measure 1” square and are in very good vintage condition, but could use a good cleaning if you like them very shiny. These are clip ons.
This magnificent sterling silver cross is a true masterpiece of silversmithing. It is sumptuously decorated with silver braided wire and silver balls covering the surface, and a pink CZ in the center. Even the bail is covered with the same ornate design. It is a Jerusalem Cross, also known as the Crusaders’ Cross, which was first used in 1099 as a coat of arms for the newly established Kingdom of Jerusalem, marking the recapture of the city and the Christian Holy Land by the First Crusade. The Jerusalem Cross is comprised of a central cross with four surrounding smaller crosses. It is said that the Jerusalem cross (Crusaders’ Cross), represents Christ and the four Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and the spread of Christianity from its origins in the Holy Land to the four corners of the earth. It is extremely well crafted and is quite old. It is marked, “Silver 999 Jerusalem”, on the back, which indicates that it is almost pure silver and made in Jerusalem. The pendant measures 1-3/4” long x 1-3/8” wide. It is in good vintage condition.
This interesting necklace was crafted by someone from a Kuchi nomadic tribe in the Middle Eastern area of the Shomali Plain in Afghanistan. The name Kuchi is translated from the Persian work for camper. The Kuchi have continued to remain a migratory tribe. These bejeweled and brightly colored robed people are known for their very lavish and ornate jewelry and embroidery work which require many hours to create. The necklace is a little over 20” long with the decorative lapis and beads occupying about 4-5”. The dangles hang down about two inches and there are 9 bezel-set lapis lazuli with tiny wire rope at the base. The rest of the necklace is silver beads, most likely coin silver with a simple hook and eye clasp. This is a beautiful, unusual and striking necklace.