These vintage earrings are the work of Marjorie Baer, jewelry designer, who has made a name by designing unusual mixtures of metals in intriguing powerful designs. She reuses some objects to combine in ways that have an “industrial” feel. She started designing when she finished school at UC Berkley, went to New York, and sold her first pieces on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum. She is based in San Francisco and signs her work, “Baer SF”. The intriguing thing about these earrings is the stair step levels that give the pieces a look of an ancient pyramid. They are very 3-dimensional because of the way she has handled the “steps” in the brass. They measure 1” square and are in very good vintage condition, but could use a good cleaning if you like them very shiny. These are clip ons.
This necklace is very primitive in style as it was made by tribal peoples many years ago. I don't know the age precisely, but it must be about 40 yrs. old., maybe older. It is about 24" long with silver beads interspersed between the pipestone. It is something that looks well with other beads and chains to have a layered effect. It is in good condition and the clasp is a simple hook and eye.
This ring has a very contemporary vibe, but is more likely from the 1950’s. It has 5 raised bands around the shank that begin wider at the stone, tapering to smaller at the base of the ring. Each of the band is square-cut and raised with textured depressions in between. The center is graced by an onyx elliptical-shaped, bezel-set, cabochon stone. The only marking is “925” with no makers mark. It has the look of very old Taxco, Mexican work, but I cannot be sure. It is in excellent vintage condition. It has been sized at one time, but looks fine.
This antique bracelet and earrings are made in the traditional Mexican "coffee bean" style with green half moon stones. The coffee bean style is made from silver domes that have been mashed in the center with a narrow tool. This sterling bracelet has 8 links, with alternating stones set in silver with rows of small silver balls, and the coffee bean "flower" motif in between. It has a pair of matching earrings that are screw backs. The bracelet is marked, "Taxco, 925" and the earrings, "silver, Mexico". They are most likely from the 1940's because of the markings and the typical wear. I'm not sure of the stone, but think it could be Lucite or some other synthetic material used in that era. This is a very nice set and the clasp on the bracelet works well.
Copper jewelry was very popular in the 1950’s and ‘60’s and this cuff bracelet is from that era. It is a remarkable design with pierced brass covering most of the copper, but with cutouts that let the copper peek through. Each cutout is a scalloped-edge circle with a brass dome in between each one. It is a simple, yet intriguing design and is quite stunning. It measures about 6” end-to-end and is 1-1/2” wide. It can be bent to fit most any arm as copper is very malleable. It is in excellent vintage condition and will grace the arm of the buyer with great panache.
This little pin shows a dancing monkey and other symbols. This dancing monkey or "Chuen", is a familiar theme in Mayan artifacts and Mexican jewelry. Chuen is the name for the Monkey Day Glyph in the Mayan calendar. This symbol is associated with master artisan, master craftsman, imaginative, mischievous, gaining wisdom through curiosity. William Spratling, the father of Taxco silver artistry, and other designers used it often. Although it is small, it is a really fine piece of inlay work. The face is matt-finished silver with the monkey cut out revealing the black material underneath. It may be plastic. It also has other bits of copper and turquoise that show through the cut out shapes. The back is also matt finished silver that has tiny rivets securing it to the black material. It is magnificently crafted to perfection, and was entirely fabricated by hand. It is marked, “Sterling, 925, Mexico” in the shape of a triangle. The maker’s mark, “AMI”, is inside the triangle, and what looks like a crown is below the triangle. “AMI” is referred to in Bille Hougart’s, The Little Book Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. It measures 1-3/4” x 1-1/8” x 1/8” thick, and weighs 7.5 grams. This lovely piece is in excellent vintage condition. It would be a great gift.
This magnificent sterling silver cross is a true masterpiece of silversmithing. It is sumptuously decorated with silver braided wire and silver balls covering the surface, and a pink CZ in the center. Even the bail is covered with the same ornate design. It is a Jerusalem Cross, also known as the Crusaders’ Cross, which was first used in 1099 as a coat of arms for the newly established Kingdom of Jerusalem, marking the recapture of the city and the Christian Holy Land by the First Crusade. The Jerusalem Cross is comprised of a central cross with four surrounding smaller crosses. It is said that the Jerusalem cross (Crusaders’ Cross), represents Christ and the four Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and the spread of Christianity from its origins in the Holy Land to the four corners of the earth. It is extremely well crafted and is quite old. It is marked, “Silver 999 Jerusalem”, on the back, which indicates that it is almost pure silver and made in Jerusalem. The pendant measures 1-3/4” long x 1-3/8” wide. It is in good vintage condition.
This interesting necklace was crafted by someone from a Kuchi nomadic tribe in the Middle Eastern area of the Shomali Plain in Afghanistan. The name Kuchi is translated from the Persian work for camper. The Kuchi have continued to remain a migratory tribe. These bejeweled and brightly colored robed people are known for their very lavish and ornate jewelry and embroidery work which require many hours to create. The necklace is a little over 20” long with the decorative lapis and beads occupying about 4-5”. The dangles hang down about two inches and there are 9 bezel-set lapis lazuli with tiny wire rope at the base. The rest of the necklace is silver beads, most likely coin silver with a simple hook and eye clasp. This is a beautiful, unusual and striking necklace.
From one of the most famous silver studios in Mexico comes this little Bumble Bee pin. He is just so cute, but crafted to perfection. He is a mixture of brass, silver, and copper with niello on parts. Miguel Cisneros (TC-10) is the well-known silversmith associated with Far Fetched. This little pin is probably about 1960’s and is in good vintage condition. It measures 1-1/8” long X 1” at the widest point. It is marked, “Far Fetched” with a heart-shaped stamp and copyright stamp. Very charming piece.
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 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.
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.