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.
Beautiful and exquisite is this unusual teardrop shaped pendant with a large slab of what looks like maybe amber tourmaline, and amethyst, two small CZ's(I'm guessing)and garnet. It is crafted with flourishes of silver that are damped from behind to give them a spherical shape. The pendant is really unusual and looks like it was made in Mexico, but there are no markings. It is sterling and measures 2-1/2" from top to bottom and 1" wide at the widest point. The garnet at the top articulates while the rest is stationary. It is quite lovely and it is circa 1970's. The chain is sold separately and is 22" long and is $40.00.
A small, but elegant pendant of sterling silver, lapis lazuli, and tiny turquoise stones on each side. The silver is ornately engraved with flowers all over and yet it is a simple piece. It comes with a beautiful new 18” silver snake chain. The pendant itself is about 1-1/2” long and tapers to a rounded lapis stone, so it is hard to measure the bottom.
This is a beautiful necklace made in the tradition of tribal Tibetan pieces. Although the stones are faux, they are well-done and very rich, especially with the silver pieces decorated with flowers. This necklace has two strands of beads with the turquoise and black teardrop bead hanging at the center front. The overall length of the piece is about 22”. Very artistic.
This cuff is handmade in Tibet and is lavishly decorated. Around the circumference are tiny animals that look like those of the Chinese Zodiac. It is about 7” inside circumference, ¾” wide with a 1” gap. It is made of Tibetan silver, which is not sterling and has some silver content, but is a mixture with other metals. It is a very intriguing style and can be worn by a man or a woman.
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 handsome pendant and ornate hand-hammered chain are made of sparkling yellow brass. The chain is from my own collection, which I have had for 40 years. The pendant was cast and hand finished while the chain was formed by bending brass wire by hand and then flattening each link with a hammer. The chain is a lovely, lyrical design, and I believe from the middle east. The pendant is substantial and has a scalloped edge with an edge decorated by lines and tiny circles. The center has a convex spiral with a ground of floral embellishments with a dark patina overall. The pendant is 2-3/4” at its widest point and 2-1/4” tall, and the chain is 26” long. This is an distinctive and exotic pendant and chain that is fabulous find!
This is really a show-stopping necklace. It is long and the silver beads in the center are quite large and dramatic. This necklace is truly beautiful and looks old, but isn’t. It was made in India and has 6 silver balls on one strand and 8 on the other. The green beads appear to be some type of synthetic, but carry off the look of vintage tribal with aplomb. There are also some patterned silver beads among the green ones, with small silver balls between. The necklace is approximately 32” overall and has a hook and eye clasp. It is really quite stunning and would look good with just about any kind of fashion.
These are charming dangling earrings for pierced ears with faux turquoise beads that hang from gold brass trellis-like openwork pieces. Give the impression of hand crafted work. They are approximately 2” long from ear to bottom of bead and ½” at the widest point. These are quite nicely designed and look fabulous on.
This cuff bracelet was made by jeweler and metalsmith, Linda Summers. Much of her work is mixed metals and this one has a somewhat "industrial" look to it. It is soldered, but also has tiny rivets that are functional and aesthetic. The bracelet is 1-1/2" at the widest point and is 7" around with an opening between.The metal is extremely malleable allowing for different size wrists.
This brass cuff is incised with a design that is colored with dark blue and copper color. I don't know the origin of this bracelet, but it appears to be east Indian and is probably from the 1960's or '70's. The design is a step and repeat pattern that is very graphic. It measures 9-1/4" around and is 2" wide and 2-3/4" in diameter. This is a very strong and eye-catching piece with a tribal influence.
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.