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 large blue Topaz bracelet is vintage Mexican style and although it is not marked, it is made of sterling silver. I have never seen one with this particular design, but it is clearly old Mexican,probably1930’s-‘40’s. The heavy, complex design is quite unusual, but has a definite royalty about its style. The closure is a pin-type that mimics the hinge mechanisms to make it disappear when closed. When I run my fingers over each one of the sparkling blue quartz stones, I can feel no irregularities, and can see none. They are in great shape. In fact, the entire bracelet is in excellent vintage condition and is truly a collector’s piece. It measures 7” inside circumference and is 1-1/4” wide. It weighs 71.4 grams.
If you crave tribal arts, you will love this necklace made from many old and ancient beads. The Amazonite beads are hundreds of years old from Afghanistan and the Ethiopian Cross and brass round and flanged beads are also very old from Africa. The brass ones especially have a character and charm in their imperfect but good design and stand out as something that might have been around for more than 100 years. There is no way to tell exactly how old some of these beads are, but most are easily 100 years old, and the Amazonite are even older. The necklace also has tiny dark spacers that are used in stringing trade bead necklaces. The only things that are not very old are the small orange glass beads and the unusual leaf-design clasp. The necklace is 30" long and the cross adds another 3". This extraordinary necklace was designed by Linda Summers.
Margot van Voorhies Carr, better known as Margot de Taxco was one of the premier silver artists of Taxco during the Mexican silver renaissance which took place from the 1920’s until the 1970’s. She was incredibly talented, making beautiful detailed drawings of her designs before they were executed. Those drawings were as well-done as her finished pieces of her complex designs. She had her own shop from 1948 to 1978 and had about 300 artisans and workers working for her. The foreman who supervised all of the artisans in her shop was Melesio Rodriguez, who worked for her from the 1948-1978 when she closed her shop. At that time, she gave him several of her priceless molds, which he uses showing her design number. This bracelet was made by Melesio from one of those molds. Although it is not vintage, it was made from the vintage mold of this extraordinary artist, Margot de Taxco. This distinctive clamper is fabulously elegant in its presentation of dimensional whorls, feathers, and lines hand wrought by Melesio, who is a well-known master silver artisan and still makes jewelry in Mexico today. This bracelet is one of the finest in design and workmanship I have ever seen. The deeply repoussed pattern carefully sweeps around from the front focal point of large dimensional whorls to incised lines and little “u’s” running from the side to the spring in back. This powerful design is accented with a dark patina that emphasizes the profoundly elegant and superb artistry of this piece. . The bracelet is marked, “ Melesio Rodriguez, 950, Taxco, Mexico, TR-11-1, 408”. This hallmark is noted in "The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks" by Billy Hougart. The inside circumference is approximately 7”, with the widest point at the front of 3”, tapering to about 1” in the back. It weighs 79.3 grams. The spring is very tight and the bracelet is in perfect condition
This is without a doubt one of the most decadent and gorgeous necklaces ever. The centerpiece is a large flat onyx stone surrounded by lavish repose. It is quite large –about 1” thick X3”X3” at the widest and top to bottom measurement across. The beads are really perfect for this special centerpiece with large and small onyx faceted beads and amber faceted crystal beads. The large metal beads are from Bali and have raised ornate flourishes covering the surface. They, too, are quite large. The small silver beads are also from Bali as is the magnetic clasp which looks like another large bead with engraved flourishes. The necklace itself measures approximately 26” plus another 3” for the pendant. This will make a very impressive statement wherever you wear it.
An amazing, antique, Chinese gilt brass cuff bracelet with genuine turquoise cabochons. The repousse work is extraordinary and the details are incredible. Turquoise stones are set in copper. This large cuff is approx. 7 1/2" long x 1 7/8" wide. Marked CHINA. It is in very good antique condition.
This handsome vintage Mexican sterling silver necklace is exquisitely designed with a motif reminiscent of pre-Columbian or Aztec symbols. This piece has an incredibly custom fit that hugs the neck because rather than the sections splaying out to be totally horizontal, it has a slight pitch so that the inside circle is smaller than the outside edge. The patina is bright, yet has the warmth of worn sterling. It is a superior piece with immaculate craftsmanship, perfectly fitting links, and extremely accurate alignment. It is marked. “Mexico 925, N-M”. This mark could be an item made for Neiman-Marcus. Stanley Marcus and William Spratling became acquainted in the early 1940’s, and Spratling consequently designed and supplied silver items to Neiman-Marcus. I don’t know if this is correct or not, but it is plausible. The necklace measures slightly over 14” on the inside curve and approximately 17” on the outside. The links are about ½” wide x 7/8” long x 1/8” thick. It weighs an impressive 113.5 grams. I believe each link was cast and finished by hand. The invisible pin joints that connect one link to the next is a subtle and uncluttered finishing touch. The tongue-and-box-clasp snap tightly. The necklace is in excellent vintage condition with normal scratches for a piece this old. (I’m estimating that it is circa mid-late 1940’s.) This is truly a collection piece that is contemporary, elegant, and timeless.
This is a large and unusual bracelet cuff by Linda Summers, Jewelry Designer. This is a work in progress. It will have a large turquoise stone set on top. The copper is hand riveted on to the brass. It is a striking piece that will look even beter finished.
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.
This heavily adorned pendent is old and from Tibet. It was handcrafted by a Tibetan artisan of silver and shell. Even the back side is very ornately repoussed. It is accented by a custom-designed necklace of silk ribbons and silver bugles. It is a unique and extraordinary piece. The pendant is 2-1/2" diameter and about 3" with the bail. The necklace is 28" long and goes over your head.
This is one of Linda Summers' creations that represents one of her favorite ways to create - by designing with several different metals and textures. The cuff itself is brass with a mixture of silver and copper, designed in a collage composition. It is 2" wide, 2-1/4" across inside, with a 1" gap. The bracelet can be shaped to your wrist without bending too much.
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.