This bracelet is important because the enamel colors are phosphorescent and glow with an unusual depth. It looks like a Renoir/Matisse, but is not marked. It features 5 links with greenish yellow, pink, and aqua blue on a black background. The jump rings are brass and connect each link in two places. The back is also enameled, which gives it a very finished look. The copper links are very good vintage condition and the clasp is strong. There are a few tiny nibbles on the edge, but nothing really noticeable when worn. It measures about 8-1/2” around and each link is 1-1/2” X 1-1/2”. This is a bracelet that will receive lots of compliments and sure to please!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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!