Spectacular design in this wide, bold silver overlay bracelet by Hopi Manuel Hoyungowa ( 1953-2011) who was an active silversmith since the 1970's having learned from Preston Monongye. The bracelet measures 5 1/2" around in the inside with an additional 1 1/4" opening. It is 1 7/8" wide and weighs a solid 84 grams. It in fine original condition and hallmarked as shown. An amazing, precise pattern perfectly executed.
"Mask" rings are not uncommon in the realm of vintage Mexican silver jewelry - "masks" were an iconic motif for the Deco period and their popularity continued on to the post-1950 years. Yet to find a ring with such an unusual, ornate setting is not something that happens every day. Adorned with leaves, tendrils and flowers, the gallery is delicate yet has enough body to it to support the carved green calcite "mask" it holds within its bezel...
Beautifully designed and executed sterling silver hinged bangle bracelet by Mexican designer, Carmen Beckmann. The bracelet has 11 faceted amethyst stones of various sizes and shapes. The bracelet is 1 1/8 inches tall. The inside diameter is 2 3/8 inches. It fits a small/ medium wrist. The bracelet has a secure clasp and original safety chain. Condition is excellent. Made circa 1960's. The bracelet weighs a substantial 94 grams.
A organic, sterling silver modernist ring by Henry Steig.
Measures about a size 7. Almost 1/2" high. Marked Sterling Steig on the inside. Reminds us of flattened chain.
Fine example of his work.
Beautiful vintage Navajo hand made, carinated sterling cuff with stamping c. 1940. It measures 5 1/2" around in the inside plus a 1" opening and is 6/8" wide. Great weight at 51 grams. Unsigned. Very comfortable, looks great on alone or stacked with others.
Navajo Kenneth Begay has been called the "father of modern Navajo jewelry". From 1946-1964, he worked as a benchsmith at the White Hogan Shop in Scottsdale, Az.
This elegant, precise bracelet measures 5 1/2" around in the inside plus an additional 1 1/4" opening. It is 1/4" wide and weighs 30 grams. All original, fine condition and signed as shown in the photos. Gorgeous alone or perfect for stacking.
Philip Morton Modernist Brooch
American modernist artisan
Author of the classic book "Contemporary Jewelry," a studio handbook, which spotlights hand made jewelry techniques and the various working artisans of the mid 20th century period
Morton's jewelry is rare and hard to find and this brooch is a great representation of the aesthetic at that time
2 1/4" in diameter
Copper and silver
Original untouched vintage condition
The links in this Deco Mexican silver necklace by Victoria , to the world Ana Maria Nunez de Brilanti, are inspired by cactus flowers and hand-wrought in sterling silver sheet with good thickness. One of my favorite designs by her, it was available in at least two different widths and the example at hand is the narrower, easier to wear version no matter what the occasion or the ... weather is...
A stand out modernist sterling silver ring from Finland by Pekka Piekainen for Auran Kultaseppa. Iconic flared design. Very heavy and solid.
Marked on the back of the shank for Kultaseppa, Finland silver standard, 925, Town mark for Turku, and X7 for 1976. Also marked with the maker's mark and Finland. About a size 8.
In fine condition with some surface scratches and tarnish, shows some surface wear. There is a very tiny ding at one corner on the underside, you really have to look for it...
A lightly hammered sterling silver bangle bracelet by Tone Vigeland. Measures 2 1/2" across the inside and 2 3/8" high. Also measures about 7" around the inner circumference. Slightly oval so easier to slip on. Better for a small to medium wrist.
Marked with the ND and the Plus sign for Norway Designs Plus, conjoined TV for Tone Vigeland, Sterling, 925S and Norway.
Nice weight and quality. Fine condition with a warm patina. Great example.
A modernist pendant by the noted NYC jeweler, Paul Lobel. This pendant is made of sterling silver in the shape of a stylized leaf with a wire overlay which wraps around to become the bale. Signed on the back, LOBEL, Sterling. Has some tarnish and minor surface scratches. Measures 1 7/8" across and 3" high including the bale.
Chain measures 17" and has a hook closure that holds securely.
Not sure if the chain is original to the pendant...
Measuring 4 inches high & 3 1/2" across this impressive hand wrought sterling silver & bronze brooch was designed & signed in the 1940's by Taxco, Mexico artist William Spratling (1900-67). The detailed repousse' work is exquisite & the condition excellent. The piece weighs 57 grams and is fully hallmarked. The pin back & safety are in fine working order. Pictured on the cover of the 4th edition of MEXICAN SILVER by Penny Morrill & Carole Berk and on Phyllis Goddard's site spratlingsilver.com...
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.
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...
Slick, less-is-more design and a beautifully carved amethyst "mask" make this vintage 1950s Mexican sterling silver ring easy to wear and a real treat for the eye! There is something masculine about the simplicity of the ring itself that is, however, tempered by the delicately soft, slender features of the stone "face". The amethyst is here semi-translucent and the absence of intense inclusions allows the light to penetrate it and make it look like purple Italian ice...
Though it is not uncommon to find Mexican silver fur pins, it is usually single pieces that are available. Here, however, there is a pair bearing the signature of the Los Castillo in a “bow and flower” design. I am not sure if the workshop ever made a whole parure available in this specific design - I have had the small bow necklace / bracelet sets in the past but this is an enhanced version, with more elements added to the bow and the bow itself bigger and fancier...
Huge, proud and absolutely secure in its exotic beauty, this is one of the biggest quetzal brooches I have seen in the realm of vintage Mexican silver jewelry. An irrefutable statement piece, I can imagine its first owner wearing it on a padded shoulder and basking in the light of the stream of compliments and jealous looks the bird generated...
An extra long vintage hammered sterling silver circles necklace from the American Studio Modernist jeweler, John Lewis.
Great hammered texture, circles are various sizes. Measures 38" long. Closes with his classic hook clasp. Marked Sterling and with the crossed JL mark of the artist.
Could be worn as a double strand necklace as pictured or as a belt.
Very nice condition, has some minor scratches and darkened patina. Nice hand wrought feel.
Classic John Lewis.