Seldom seen are interesting, attractive, and well-maintained jewelry treasures such as this one. This circa 1950’s Whiting & Davis clamper bracelet is copper with brushed silver strips and is a real find. The graphic and geometric character of the design is quite stunning and very “current”. It measures 1-1/4" wide X 8" circumference. The hinge is in perfect order and still has a strong spring. It is in very good vintage condition with no damage and no flaws are visible to the naked eye.
This bracelet is made in Tibet and is crafted in a traditional pattern of a lotus blossom, along with peacocks on either side. Flourishes and a background of texture make the images stand out. It measures 2 in. wide and is about 8 in. from tip-to-tip. The lotus blossom in Tibetan culture is one of the fortunate symbols representing purity and spiritual enfoldment. The peacock symbolizes positive transformation in any negative situation. This bracelet is adjustable.
These vintage Taxco Mexican sterling silver earrings are very old, probably 1930’s-‘40’s because of the lack of the Eagle assay mark. The design is very simple and clean like much of the sculpture of the time period. The design is graceful and deeply incised with a dark patina. They are marked, "STERLING 925 TAXCO" with the maker's mark "EGC". This artist is documented in Billie Hougart’s, “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. The backs are marked "ALPACA" and are not sterling like the main part of the earrings. They are approximately 5/8" wide and 7/8" long and are screw backs. They weigh 10 grams. These were fabricated by hand by cutting and shaping from silver sheet, and then soldering the screw backs. These are in excellent condition and do not appear to have any damage. They are an exquisite design.
This magnificently designed sterling silver letter opener is from the estate of a well traveled and wealthy woman. It is Egyptian and obviously quite old. The decorative elements on this piece are a chameleon on top attached to flourishes that may be letters. It is engraved with a lotus flower, an Egyptian princess, the eye of Horus, and other symbols going down to the tip. It was cut from a heavy sheet of silver and fabricated by hand. The designs on top were cut out and the designs were incised or engraved into the metal. In my photographs, it looks like it has a lot of patina, but it really doesn't. I had to darken the pictures to be able to see the decorative figures and symbols. It has a little patina, but a lot is worn off. The opener is 7" long x 7/8" at the widest point at the top. It is a beautiful vintage piece with no damage only showing slight wear on the back on the hallmark. The front is not worn at all. It would make a very unique and thoughtful gift for someone else or yourself!
This bracelet is made in Tibet and is crafted in a traditional pattern of a lotus blossom, along with graceful flourishes that wind to the ends. It weighs 35.5 grams and measures 2 in. wide and is about 8 in. from tip-to-tip. The lotus blossom in Tibetan culture is one of the fortunate symbols representing purity and spiritual enfoldment. Others say that the lotus flower symbolizes survival. Some believe that the lotus blossom signifies that a dark or trying stage has been overcome. The lotus flower grows in the muddy swamp, forcing its way upward to bloom, so they are said to be symbolic of persevering through the worst of conditions. This bracelet is adjustable.
This lavish copper bracelet is covered with gorgeous floral engraving. It is made up of five large links with three cabochon faux amber stones in the center of three links. In between the links are hinges with a ladder texture on each one. It is 8” inside diameter and each link is 2” tall. It is absolutely stunning and in great vintage condition, and the clasp works well. It is circa 1950’s.
Triad is a Canadian jewelry manufacturer that made these lovely luminescent earrings that are so captivating. They are set in copper, which is used to resemble rose gold. The setting is very intricate with leaves and a regular pattern of prongs around the edge of the large, dark stone. This one large cut stone is mounted in the metal base with an Aurora Borealis white stone at the bottom of the earring. These are very unusual and fancy enough for after 5 wear. These clip-ons are marked, “TRIAD”, and measure about 1” tall and 5/8” wide. They are circa 1970’s and are in very good vintage condition.
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This pendant is made from beautifully crafted woven chain, executed in several different ways. The chain itself is square, herringbone and is approximately 22" long and is terminated with a lobster clasp. The pendant is a circle of two layers of woven silver wire with 9 strands of another style of woven pieces, all hanging in a "flowing" manner. These strands move to give even greater interest to the piece. The pendant is attached with a loose, flat twisted piece of silver wire. All in all, this is a very distinctive and well designed necklace. It looks like sterling, but I don't believe it is. The pendant itself is 1-1/4" in diameter.
This Mexican silver brooch is designed with the Los Ballesteros influence and inlaid with abalone. It can either be worn as a pendant or a brooch, but either way, this magnificent piece was crafted with great ability and precision. The abalone is inlaid as a large background to another inlay of a silver symbol and another circle of abalone. The entire pendant is edged with a wide silver border. It is marked, "Eagle 3, MEXICO", and the maker's mark, "GVE". The rest of the markings are worn, but it looks like it did say, "Taxco, Gto." GVE is referred to in Bille Hougart’s, The Little Book Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. The Eagle stamp is an old style, so I'm dating it to the late '40's or '50's. It measures 2-1/4" diameter and has a slight convex curve to it. This piece was fabricated by cutting the base from silver sheet and shaping that by heating and forming with chasing tools. The abalone was set after the silver inlay and clasp and bail were soldered to make a very fascinating and premier piece of jewelry. It is a fine example of Mexican silver artistry and craftsmanship. It has tiny fissures in the abalone from age, but it is all intact. This lovely piece is in excellent vintage condition.
This is a very old piece of Mexican jewelry craftsmanship that can either be worn as a brooch or pendant. It is made of alpaca silver and has abalone and black inlay and measures 1-7/8" diameter. It shows a man and a woman either dancing or he is curtseying to her. It is marked, "Alpaca Hecho en Mexico". This is a very well-crafted piece and shows very little wear from age. The clasp works well and the bail is also in good shape. This is a very graphic, classic style and quite collectible. William Spratling was responsible for inaugurating the concept of the silver taller where many Mexican craftsmen designed and crafted exquisite silver pieces for sale. Spratling began by employing a few craftsmen in his home, which grew to later become Taller de Las Delicias. He eventually had 100 artisans working for him, and spawned an entire cottage industry in the little town that spread to several cities in Mexico during the '30s-'70's.
These exquisite earrings are very old, probably 1930’s or even earlier. They are very sculptural, reminiscent of flowers or gathered satin. They remind me of some of the designs I have seen of Gerardo Lopez. The earrings are marked, “Sterling”, with no maker’s mark or Eagle assay, which dates them prior to 1948. They are approximately 1” wide x ¾” tall and are screw backs. They weigh 7.1 grams. They were cast. These are in excellent condition and do not appear to have any damage. These truly are classic and beautiful.
The combination of copper and silver provide an electrifying backdrop for the blue stones in this demi-parure. The brooch is very ornate with decoration around the edge and covering the back. The center is silver reminiscent of lace with the blue square-cut stone in the middle. The earrings compliment the brooch although they are not exactly the same patterns, they look very much like it and are also decorated on the backs.These are from my own collection. The earrings are clips. The brooch measures 2”X5/8” with a rolling clasp. The earrings are 1” tall X ¾” wide at the widest point. The three pieces are in excellent condition and look stunning together.