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 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 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 old Navajo ring has the most extraordinary turquoise stone. It really looks like a turquoise jasper stone, but I'm not sure exactly what it is only that it is truly different and in very good condition. It measures a little over a size 6-1/2, closer to a 6-3/4. It is marked, "Sterling", but has no maker's mark. I'm placing it at about circa 1950-60.
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!
This elegant yet simple bracelet features a braided rope design and is a prime example of the fine Mexican craftsmanship that experienced notoriety during the 1930's-'40's because of the William Spratling influence and patronage. Spratling fostered an industry in Taxco, but the concept spread throughout several cities in Mexico. Fine silver jewelry craftsmanship was raised to a supreme level that is emulated still. This magnificent bracelet can be adjusted to fit just about any wrist, and is thick, wide, and weighs a substantial 35.5 grams. It is impeccably constructed with channels and crevices set off by black niello. This technique makes the patterns in the braid more prominent and accentuates the textural quality of the design. It is marked "925", and probably pre-1948 because of no Eagle mark nor letter-numbering system shown. This design is very similar to a Hector Aguilar bracelet. The bracelet measures approximately 7" long end-to-end and is 1" wide, with a 1/4" opening which can vary depending on your wrist size. It is in excellent vintage condition. This is a stunning and hefty piece that is bound to get noticed!
The cross is seen in many varieties and versions in the Americas, but the Yalalag Cross is one of the most ornate and legendary. The Yalalag Cross comes from San Juan Yalalag, Sierra de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico and its basic design predates the Conquest. It consists of a central cross with three lesser crosses hanging from the main cross. The decorative elements in the design can be geometric, which is usually Indian – or with wings, hearts, and flowers, which is more Christian symbology. A cross with two arms in the upper half is called a Patriarchal Cross. This Yalalag silver cross has an amethyst cabochon bezel-set in the center and surrounded by curled wire and highly decorative flowerettes. This motif continues throughout the large cross and to the lesser crosses and even the ornate bail. The hallmark reads, “Mexico, Taxco, 925, SDO” and Eagle 3.This artist is mentioned in Bille Hougart's book, “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. This is a fabulous piece of jewelry and art history. It was hand wrought entirely by hand by this artist, SDO, and is circa 1940's-1950’s. It measures 4” tall x 2” wide at the widest point, and weighs 19.8 grams with the chain and 11.3 without it. This is a rare and beautiful cross with a great charm because of its origins. .
This is an extraordinary stylized ring artistically designed and produced with impeccable craftsmanship. With fine features of three-dimensional touches of tiny bars and topped by a dome of 14K gold, it is sure to gain comments and interest from those who appreciate style. It is marked, “Sterling” and what looks like it may be a “U” or “C”. It is a size 6. It is a narrow profile, so could be worn against another ring if you desire. I am placing it circa 1970’s. This is a lovely modernist piece.
This is a great example of Taxco silver artistry by Juan Sandoval Vazquez. His mark, TS-79 is noted by Mexican silver experts and authors, Penny Morrill and Carol Berk, in their book, Mexican Silver. The design on this piece has a distinct Pre-Columbian style and symbology. It also is very similar to a VOO and Ledesma design. The motif relates an Aztec or Mayan headdress in a stylized, graphic sense, achieving great dimension by layering various cutwork silver pieces. The piece can be worn as either a pendant or brooch and has a bail and roll clasp on the back. The craftsmanship on this stunning piece is quite skilled and the design is a very creative rendition of historical themes. In addition to the cutwork, there are silver balls punctuating the design in several places, as well as on three hanging pendants at the bottom. It measures 2” across and the main piece is 1-1/4 tall, and including the pendants, it measures 2” tall. It weighs 26.3 grams. The numbering system replaced the Eagle assay system in 1948, so this piece is post 1948. It is striking and bold and is in good vintage condition with typical wear shown on a piece this old. This is definitely a stellar collection piece.
This incredibly striking brooch has a geometric sensibility and graphic presentation with a bezel-set black onyx stone as the focal point. The design of this piece is simple yet extremely bold with incised symbols in the silver surrounding the stone while the brass on each end is fashioned in a zigzag pattern which repeats again as the setting and escutcheon surrounding the stone. It is extremely well crafted and is probably from the ‘50’s-‘60‘s judging from its style. It is marked, “925”, on the back, but lacks a maker’s mark. It measures 2-1/8” long x 1-1/4” wide, and weighs 15.1 grams. The artist who crafted this was very skilled because the piece is impeccably executed. It was cut from silver sheet and incised with symbols on the silver. It is in excellent vintage condition with no visible damage, and the clasp works perfectly. This is a very unusual and highly collectible piece.
This distinctly elegant brooch was made by one of the Mexican silver masters, Serafin Moctezuma. He was known as a very skilled artist as seen in the impeccable execution of this brooch. This exquisite piece is a lyrical shape of leaves and a bezel-set amethyst stone. It very 3-dimensional because the leaves and stems undulate and swirl on several planes. The leaves are incised at the bottom of the brooch and pierced or cut out on the top leaf, lending interest and contrast to the design. The absence of the Eagle Assay mark dates this piece is circa 1930's-1940's. It measures 2-3/4" on the longest dimension and is 1-1/2" at the widest point. It weighs 13.7 grams. It is marked, "Hecho en Mexico, 925" in a circle with "SM" in the center and "Taxco" outside the circle. This is the mark of Serafin Moctezuma, a contemporary of William Spratling. 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 clasp is secure and works well. It is very striking and is obviously quite old, but is in excellent vintage condition with no visible damage at all. This is a highly collectible piece.
This unusual and elegant brooch was made by one of the Mexican silver masters who worked for Estela Popowski and signed his pieces, “AE” inside a heart-shaped “M”. Popowski’s taller was in Mexico City, beginning about the early-mid 1950’s. This design has also been done by Ana Nunez Brilianti, "Victoria". The design of this piece is a beautiful flower and leaves, with the leaves folded over part of the flower – a very striking design. The center has 6 small silver balls denoting the stamen of the flower. It addition to the, maker’s mark, it marked “Sterling Mexico”. The brooch measures 1-9/16” long x 1-3/8” wide, and weighs 10.8 grams. The artist who crafted this was very skilled because the piece is impeccably executed. It was cut from silver sheet and incised with detail of the flower. The center balls and the clasp were soldered in place. It is in excellent vintage condition with no visible damage, and the clasp works perfectly. This is a highly collectible piece.