All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428645
Featured in Spratling's 1942 Christmas catalogue this silver I.D. bracelet was hand crafted at the Spratling Taller in Taxco, Mexico. The design features a slide-in tongue closure. Weighing 57 grams it is 1/2" wide and will fit up to a 7 1/2" wrist. The bracelet was never monogramed. The condition and patina are excellent. Fully hallmarked on the reverse.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428611 (stock #15018)
As rare-as-can-be not just for its signature but also for the black opal baguettes it showcases, this vintage Mexican silver architectural ring was created by Carmen Beckmann. Beckmann is reported in the literature to have worked primarily in the 1950s and 1960s in San Miguel de Allende and her jewelry can vary from inspired to simply good. When she was at her most creative though, she made pieces that are to die for! This ring is, in my opinion, one of those moments of hers...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428531 (stock #13932)
Charm bracelets are for me the harbingers of fun, carefree times and that perceptions is obviously shared by many out there because the form has been with us for such a long time and every so often its popularity is pushed again to the forefront of "style". Playful and easy to enjoy, they come in many combinations of materials, with their charms developing around a theme or, quite often, offering lessons in ... geometry, like here...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428368 (stock #15108)
Fifteen years or so ago, we didn't know that the signature seen on this bracelet belonged to Avila de la Borda - until a fellow dealer came upon a jewelry box that showed both the hallmark and the workshop's full name. Though we still don't know much about it, we do know it was located in Mexico City and was probably making silverware in addition to jewelry. What we have, however, is examples of their very good workmanship and careful design...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428341 (stock #15158)
One of my favorite - and at the same time classic - Enrique Ledesma designs the bracelet at hand combines sterling silver and golden sheen obsidian in the maestro's characteristic, perfectly seamless way. Ledesma experimented with various stones creating the specific bracelet but I think this year is meant to be an "obsidian year" for me and I will say that I love this version...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428018 (stock #14507)
Bearing the signature of Plateria FarFan which was based in Mexico City, the necklace at hand is the narrower version of this mod mesh design. Far Fan is one of the workshops associated with "chain mail" necklaces of this kind. One can find them in all-silver as here or adorned with turquoise cabs and even in mixed metals with copper and brass woven into the silver...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1427931 (stock #15122)
It is not easy to stumble upon a vintage Los Ballesteros carved "mask" ring but when one does find an example, what a feast it is! There is nothing "timid" about this piece. The philosophy here is big, bold and beautiful and I believe that the Los Ballesteros workshop accomplished all this monumentality in the most amazing, masterful, and eye-pleasing way. The "mask" is here carved out of a dark green agate, I believe, with grayish white specs in it...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1427930 (stock #15069)
A full-size stone figure centers this Mexican Deco brooch - is it a deity, a priest or a nobleman / warrior? Highly stylized and rather "stiff" as all similar carvings are in Mexican jewelry of this period, the figure is made out of dyed calcite and its green color is the reason it is usually (and mistakenly) identified as "jade"...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1427929 (stock #15142)
Biomorphic sterling silver appliques on a highly oxidized "puffy" background take center-stage in this modernist Mexican set of Salvador Teran earrings. I grew up close to the sea so to my eyes, it's little crabs catching a bit of sun on mossy beach pebbles that are pictured here but your mind's eye might see something entirely different. Precious like all Salvador jewelry, beautifully made, not entirely identical as is the case with hand-wrought pieces of wearable art...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Designer : Pre 1980 item #1427893
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Fabulous Dior jewel by Henkle and Grosse for Dior in the 1980s. The thick gold plated chain is set with flawed glass cabochons surrounded by a circle of white and bright rhinestones each in their own cartouche. The glass stones are supposed to imitate a ruby, emerald and sapphire. These pieces were done in a similar manner of what Bvlgari was doing at the time with real gemstones. And the look in quite convincing...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Clips : Pre 1940 item #1427741
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Here is a nice little French jewel with faux glass pearls and poured glass ‘jewels’ wired into a gold tone metal. It is in excellent condition and measures about 1” across and almost 2” long measuring down the elongated drop pearl...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Pre 1930 item #1427740
Tresors de Belles
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An uncommon pair of avant-garde French earrings, the wired in top features a larger faux glass pearl with tiny blue glass beads and glass pearls, a larger poured glass blue drop swings down from it. The drop has a usual surface that is not smooth but has a speckle of varying little balls across them in a varying pattern. The pair are certainly original mates to each other, slightly asymmetrical drops with pattern is indicative of the unique glass making...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1427649
Generously long, with a hefty chain and an unusual stylized floral design, this early Mexican Deco necklace combines silver and copper in a playful yet still bold way. The graduated tulip links bring to my mind classic representations of the flower in Ottoman art - the blooms are slender and tall as opposed to the hybrids we are used today which are shorter and rounder...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1427623 (stock #200718)
Little Mexican Silver Shop
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This bracelet is an iconic and exceptional design from Salvador Teran, with two glittering golden sheen obsidian stones set within eight point stars. It's collector quality, and shows up superbly on the wrist. Measures a closed, wearable length of 6 3/4" with a width of 1 1/2". Weight is 59.2 grams. One rarely sees this bracelet, and it is a killer gorgeous showpiece. Signed and hallmarked "Salvador Sterling Mexico", with the design # 156 and eagle assay 36.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1427560 (stock #20071602)
Little Mexican Silver Shop
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This cross necklace was produced by Matilde Poulat in Mexico City between 1934-1948. It's an early Matl creation and an exquisite piece. At the center is a coral cabochon, surrounded by branch coral, turquoise, and pyramidal amethysts. The sterling silver chain does not open, measuring 25" long...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1427559 (stock #200716)
Little Mexican Silver Shop
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Circa 1949-1953, this is a very rare pin from Antonio Pineda, bearing his "Jewels by Antonio" hallmark. It's a superb piece, with two huge amethyst cabochons on either side of an "X", creating an OXO design. Pin closes with a roller. You can add a pin/pendant adaptor to hang this from a chain if desired. It would make a gorgeous pendant. Measures 2 3/8" x 1 1/4". Depth is 1/2". Weight is 33.8 grams. A very substantial pin. Signed and hallmarked "Jewels by Antonio Taxco Silver". In...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1427532 (stock #15137)
Found with the signatures of both the Los Castillo and Beto yet here signed by a different maestro, this big, bold and beautiful Mexican silver brooch design is habitually referred to as a "dragonfly". Though I am not sure about the creature's taxonomy, I was always attracted to it because of its strong "Machine Age" feel. There is something "industrial" about the perforated wings that belies our image of those fragile, delicate lepidoptera. Definitely the perfect gift for that dedicated entomol...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1427531 (stock #15134)
In my opinion one of the most talented Taxco maestros, Felipe Martinez worked with Hubert Harmon for a brief period in the 1940s (see Hougart, Little Book of Mexican silver, p. 105) and created some of the most amazing jewelry in Taxco's heyday. And even though I am always impressed by the quality of the silver-work, it is mostly the lapidary work that elevates his "Piedra y Plata" creations to the level of sublime perfection. No wonder since Martinez was a sculptor and worked as such before he ...