These classic earrings are black Onyx and sterling silver with a small silver twisted braid around the edge. I put them between 1940's and early 1950's because the screw backs disappeared in the early 1950's. They are marked "Sterling" and "Handmade by Native Americans". They measuring about 3/4" X 1/2", and are screw backs. These beautiful earrings are timeless and can be worn with anything. They are in good vintage condition.
This is a beautiful old Navajo turquoise ring that is in very good vintage condition. The stone is an incredibly strong color of turquoise has a very high gloss polish and is bezel set securely with a silver rope design and smooth outer silver border accented with markings around the edge. The ring is not marked so I'm thinking that it is very old. I bought it a few years ago from a specialty shop that has a lot of Native American jewelry. It's very simple, yet elegant. The craftsmanship is well done but it does not have a signature or hallmark. It is silver and is size 8-1/4. The stone and mounting measure approximately 1" x 7/8". I have described this ring to the best of my knowledge with the information given me by the shop where I bought it. If any of my description is in error, please let me know. Thanks.
This Tibetan silver bracelet is a gorgeous piece with a huge amethyst in the center, two large onyx stones on either side, and two small turquoise stones. It was made by an artisan of one of the tribes of Tibet and is old, but I don’t know the exact age. The stones are all cabochons, bezel-set with a small silver rope and silver beads surrounding the three large stones, and small silver rope around the turquoise. It has two pieces of large flattened silver wire as the bracelet base with a twisted rope wire between those. The wire separates at the center where all the stones are set, and these large cabochons are about 3/8” tall. The base of each of the cabochons is soldered in place between the silver wire, and there are cast flowerets at each end of the bracelet. It measures approximately 2-1/4” in diameter and 7” from end-to-end. It is very lovely piece and is very flexible so it can be bent to fit your wrist.
This vintage silver plated bracelet was made by an artisan of the Hmong Miao Tribe of China. It is braided silver wire that is ingeniously finished with an adjustable fitting. The design is highlighted by a heavy black patina and is extraordinarily well-crafted. It measures 9-1/4" around the outside, with another ½” adjustment. This bracelet is very old, probably the turn of the century. It is in excellent vintage condition. Provenance: Among China's 55 ethnic groups, the Miao (Hmong) are known for elaborate embroidery and exquisite work with silver. Silver accessories are a standard for the Miao people. For more than 400 years, it's been the custom to decorate oneself head to toe with silver. A full set can weigh up to ten kilograms. The purpose of wearing all this silver is of course primarily aesthetic, but they are also worn as amulets to ward off evil, and as symbols of wealth. While usually worn by women, the Miao ethnic minority's silverware is made by men. The rich varieties, elegant patterns, and exquisite craftsmanship not only demonstrate the colorful world of Miao people's art, but their spiritual life as well.
These vintage Taxco Mexican M. Ocampo sterling silver earrings are very old, probably 1930’s-‘40’s because of the lack of the Eagle assay mark. The design is cut out and incised on raised half domes. They are marked, " M Ocampo Taxco Mex 925". This artist is documented in Billie Hougart’s, “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. They are approximately 5/8" wide and 3/4" long and are screw backs. They weigh 6.5 grams. These were fabricated by hand by cutting and forming the domed shape from silver sheet, then incising, and soldering the screw backs. These are in excellent condition and do not appear to have any damage. They are an exquisite design.
These fabulous silver earrings are a geometric design with a series of small domes set on a flat silver 1" squares. These were designed and crafted by Victor Rodriguez Rodriguez of Taxco. The hallmark reads, "TR-165 925 Mexico". TR-165 is attributed to Victor Rodriguez Rodriguez according to the Mexican Silver book by Morrill and Berk. These measure 1" square and are for pierced ears. They are very light weight and comfortable to wear. I bought them in Mexico in the '70s and have loved wearing them. They are extremely shiny and are a challenge to photograph well. My photos really don't do them justice. They were fabricated from sterling silver sheet. The back pieces were cut square, while the domes were circles that were tamped with a damping tool into a recessed block of the desired size. The silversmith taps the damping tool with a hammer until the domes are smooth and shaped correctly. Then these are soldered on the squares and the backs are also soldered on. These earrings are in excellent condition for vintage/retro and are really spectacular.
This is a very old Lapis Lazuli pendant created by a tribal nomadic silversmith using primitive tools. The metal encasing the bezel-set stones is a traditional blend of silver and other alloys and base metals. The bezels have a pattern probably roll-impressed. The gold balls on each section of the cross is brass. Lapis is is a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense blue color and has been mined in the Badakhshan province (Hindu Kush) of Afghanistan for 6,500 years. Lapis jewelry has been found at Predynastic Egyptian sites and lapis beads at Neolithic burials in Mehgarh, the Caucasus, and even in Mauritania. Lapis is a rock, not a mineral. This piece measures 2-3/4" from top to bottom and 2" across the cross piece. It has a hinged bail that is substantially crafted with a hinge and pin. It is a vintage piece and shows typical wear for a piece this old. This cross is a lovely piece of tribal crafted art and its charm is in its imperfections.
These onyx and sterling silver earrings are a simple design, yet very beautiful. I bought them at an estate sale some years ago. I would date them circa 1950's. They have magnificent, sparkling black onyx cabochons bezel-set in saw tooth bezels, sitting on a flat silver disc with a silver rope edge and an incised raised outer edge. They measure approximately 1” in diameter, and are marked “P, Sterling”. This initial mark is referenced in Billie Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks. They were hand cut from silver sheet and the bezel and silver rope and outer raised edge are soldered onto a flat back. They are clip on style. These earrings are in excellent vintage condition and are really beautiful. Don’t miss this opportunity to have this elegant pair!
This sterling silver ring has a peach-colored inlay, surrounded by exquisite open scrollwork. I'm not sure what the inlay material is, but it may be plastic. It is a timeless design and is very well-crafted. As you can see from the photos, it wraps around from front-to-back, giving it added dimension and volume. Although it is not marked, “Mexico”, I believe that is its origin. It is marked, “925”, and the maker’s initials, “FAS”. It is approximately 1/4 inch at the top, tapering to 1/8 inch on the underside, and is approximately a size 7. It is in excellent condition and does not appear to have any damage.
This little Mexican silver pin is from a famous designer, delFino. Although it is small, it is a really fine piece of design and craftsmanship. It is a very stylized leaf and a curl and a silver ball at the end of the “stem”. It is marked, “Taxco, 0.925, delFino, Mexico”. It also has the Eagle 35 mark. The maker’s mark, “delFino is referred to in Billie Hougart’s, The Little Book Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. I would date this piece to circa 1950’s-1960’s. The pin measures 1-1/2" x ¾”. It was completely fabricated by hand from silver sheet and wire and the ball was tamped from thin silver sheet. The clasp works perfectly and this lovely piece is in excellent vintage condition. It would be a great gift to someone else or yourself! HALLMARK: It is marked, “Taxco, 0.925, delFino, Mexico”. It also has the Eagle 35 mark. The maker’s mark, “delFino is referred to in Billie Hougart’s, The Little Book Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”.
This gold and turquoise antique dorje talisman pendant is from Tibet and depicts 6 mantras. Om, Ma, Ni, Pad, Me, Hum. Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying this mantra (prayer) invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Dorje is the Tibetan word for vajra and means noble stone. This pendant is handcraft by a Tibetan artisan and although it looks like gold, it is copper. The surface on both sides is covered hieroglyphic symbols, and the design is highlighted by a reddish patina, which brings out all of the delicate detail. It weighs 9.8 grams and measures 1-7/8" long X 3/8" wide X 1/4" thick. The piece looks like it was completely fabricated by hand, cutting the turquoise and gold to fit snugly, and then engraving the exquisite symbols. It is an extraordinary piece unlike any I have seen. It could be worn on a gold chain or even put on a bracelet as a charm.
This vintage Mexican sterling silver ring has three beautiful clear turquoise cabochons bezel-set. Around each stone are flourishes and tiny silver balls. This exquisite ring was made by one of Taxco's silver artisans, Beto. It is a timeless design and is very well-crafted. Beto is mentioned in Billie Hougart’s, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks. It is marked, “BETO, 925, Taxco, Gro” and the Eagle 22. The ring is approximately a size 6-1/2 and is about 3/8” wide on the top, tapering to 1/8” wide on the underside. This piece was fabricated from silver sheet and silver wire. It is in excellent condition and does not appear to have any damage.