This is one of the most feminine pieces I've seen like this. The colors are pink with soft green and white abstract on each of 6 links. It is very much like the Matisse enamel bracelets I've seen and in excellent vintage condition. It is circa 1950's. It is 8" long and the links are 1/2" wide. It has been well cared for as I don't note any chips or cracks or any damage whatsoever. Perfect for summer!
Here is one of the most unique bracelets I have ever seen. It was made by an artisan that was stamped by the government to show that it was part of the “ Industria Argentina” (Argentine Industry). It is also stamped “925” and is probably from the early 1930’s. It is a floral, ornate cutwork pattern with 4 solid silver ovals adorning the circle at equidistant intervals. The clasp mechanism is one I have never seen, which is shown in one photo. The bracelet itself has a spring character about it so that you simply squeeze it for the two locking “teeth” to fit into the appropriate spot between the cutout silver. It measures 1” wide X 8-1/2” open. Argentina has a vast heritage of mining precious metals and producing beautiful silver jewelry and vessels since before the conquistadors. Silversmiths arriving with the flood of artists and craftsmen from Portugal, Spain and Italy into Buenos Aires when it became the capital of a new Spanish viceroyalty in 1776 began a tradition that has been handed down from father to son and is very much alive today.
This beautiful bypass ring is beautifully crafted and reminds me of the work of Los Castillo or Margot de Taxco, who worked for Los Castillo. Some of the silverwork that came from the Los Castillo studio bore the distinct style of Margot. This piece reminds me of one of those. It appears to be circa 1940’s. It is 1-3/4” long on the top and the width of the design is about 3/4”. It measures about a size 6, but can be enlarged to a size 7. The old maestros of Mexico left a legacy of fine silver artistry and craftsmanship behind as this ring, but unfortunately, much of the history of these old pieces is not captured because during this time. Much of the silver works were sold by weight, with little credit given to the artist and his or her accomplished craft. However, this one is marked by the artist “rs 925” in the center of a circle marked, “sterling, taxco mexico”. This artist is noted in Billie Hougart's book, “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”, (2006 edition). It is a beautiful design and is very well-crafted. There is no damage and it is in excellent vintage condition.
This is a magnificent large brooch that is a real statement piece because of the pristine quality of the stone, the enormous size, and the simple understated design. This piece was done by Eunice Ruddy who signed her work with an “E” inside a mushroom shape. This piece is so-marked along with the stamp of “Sterling” on the back. She called her works, “Euniques” and trademarked them in 1977, but only lived until 1984, so I’m not sure how much of her work is out there. This brooch is incredibly well-crafted and an absolutely superb work by way of its” less-is-more” design and the most beautiful piece of malachite I have ever seen. It is a very large cabochon, bezel-set inside a flat rim that is an extension of the back. It measures 1-1/2” diameter X ½” high. The stone itself shows ¼” above the bezel. It weighs a substantial 34.8 grams. It is in perfect vintage condition with no damage on the silver or the stone and the roll clasp works perfectly. This piece dates sometime prior to 1980 and is a fabulous work of art.
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.
The design of this unusual brooch is reminiscent of tribal adornments with different textures, patterns, and even color of the metals. It houses old parts that may have belonged to some other use, but all are either old, tribal, or just old. It is also a dimensional piece with the elements along the centerline raised from the back piece. Stones and beads hang from the middle engraved circle. There are blue old beads from Africa, some brass beads from the Middle East, and a center textured oval that was made for this piece. The other parts about the large circle are a silver coin and another engraved metal with an ornate old bead that I don’t know the provenance of. Most of the construction is riveted with some soldered parts. The back has a simple hand-crafted sterling pin. The brooch is roughly 2” X 2” without the dangles. This would look great for fall and winter on dark coats or sweaters.
This vintage hand made brooch is a silver filigree design with a "foil" or "faux opal" bezel-set in the center. Foil opals are really multicolored foil embedded in glass that sparkles with different colors as do real opals. JoyMex items are becoming very hard to find and this one is a primo example of their work. The filagree is made by carefully bending fine silver wire and soldering to the back base piece. It also has tiny silver balls all around the edge at specific intervals in the scrolls. It is solid sterling silver and was produced circa 1930's in Mexico by JOYMEX. JOYMEX was a noted silversmith during that time and is listed on page 85 of Billie Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks. It is marked, "JOYMEX Mexico", and has a partial symbol of their crown that is part of their hallmark. The brooch measures 1-5/8" wide and 1-1/4" tall. It is in excellent vintage condition. The clasp is intact and works perfectly. This is a very feminine and collectible piece.
Straight from the ‘50’s comes this intricately designed copper bracelet. It has 5 links, each with an “S” coil and silver teardrop shapes atop each one. The links are connected by textured wide, ribbed links and the closure is a typical box type that still works well. The bracelet is solid copper and sterling with copper plate on the closure. It is in good vintage shape for its age - no dings, but some scratches from wear as you would expect from a piece like this that someone wore often. It measures about 7” long with clasp closed and each curved link is 1-1/4” X 1-1/4”. It is quite shiny and is very attention-grabbing!
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 vintage Mexican silver ring has a beautiful fan-shaped or fluted pattern. It is simple, yet elegant and looks beautiful on. The hallmarks are, "CF", which is a silversmith mentioned in Bille Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks. It is approximately a size 5-1/2-6. Although it looks very heavy, it weighs 12.2 grams and is very comfortable on. Dome-type rings are difficult to size eactly, and typically have a slight range of size because of the hollow area under the dome. This piece was cast in the lost wax method as seen by the ridges and texture of the inside of the dome. I would date it to the '60's for its style and wear. It has the typical wear of a vintage piece. It is in excellent condition and only has small scratches. It would be something you will want to wear often!
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.
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 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.
An uncommon style with certain panache is how I would describe the character of this eye-catching bracelet. The six panels host oval green onyx cabochons set with tiny twisted silver wire at the base of each one. Each of the links is embellished with six circles of silver and silver braided wire. While this is 800 silver, it has a great warmth and appeal. It is marked, “Hecho en Mexico, Guard, Jal”, and the artist’s initials “EGS”. Guad is Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco. I would estimate this to be early 1940’s with the lack of an Eagle assay mark. It measures a little over 7” wide wearable length X 1-1/4” wide. It is in very good vintage condition. This bracelet has a very tailored and fashionable look and would be a classical addition for any collector.
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.