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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1940 item #1431273 (stock #14955/15225)
One Good Eye Silver
$350.00
The signatures of Chato Castillo and Ingrid's combine on this exquisite Mexican Deco silver fan pendant necklace - neither is a a common occurrence and both are synonymous with imaginative design and high quality. Chato is reported to have been the driving adventurous force behind most of the Los Castillo innovations - the revival of ancient techniques, the experimentation with materials - while Ingrid's still remains among the elusive early Taxco retailers. Monumental in its proportions, the pe...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1430811 (stock #13051/13166)
One Good Eye Silver
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Based on the Los Castillo "Chinese Dragons" design which was most probably created by Margot de Taxco during her "Far Eastern" period, the necklace and earrings set at hand is not signed for maker yet exhibits the careful, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail for which jewelry from that period is known and sought after. Unusually long the necklace is perfect for those of us who love Mexican Deco jewelry but not necessarily chokers while the earrings are guaranteed to add that "dragon...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1940 item #1430708 (stock #15002)
One Good Eye Silver
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The quintessential Art Deco designer, Abraham Paz is one of the earliest maestros of Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance. He worked in Mexico City and many of the designs we associate with Fred Davis are actually Paz's creations. His minimalist "masks", shield-form links and tiered ring settings epitomize the elegant geometry the 1920s and 1930s are known for while also foreshadowing the less-is-more attitude of modernism. Pinky-size yet easily resizable, the ring I am presenting here is adorned...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1430617 (stock #15233)
One Good Eye Silver
$250.00
A contemporary of Matilde Poulat's maestro Dominguez worked in the same style the renowned maestra is known for and his jewelry offer a worthy alternative to Matl's pieces whose prices have been steadily increasing over the last years. Held on an ornate raised oval platform, amethyst and turquoise cabs are nestled among "dimpled" dots and twist-rope wirework. The color of the stones, rich and saturated to begin with, is enhanced by the oxidized background and the warm patina of time. A veritable...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1430563 (stock #14769)
One Good Eye Silver
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Big and beautifully aged this floral sterling silver Hector Aguilar brooch is representative of the 1940s' love affair with all motifs from nature. The flower is here layered, with deep hand-chased details in the petals and foliage, a strong curving stem and cluster of small beads right at its center. I love the way the bloom is wide open, its face turned to the sun, taking in light and heat and turning it to color, aromas and beauty for our visual enjoyment. The brooch measuress 3 1/4" tall by ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1430303 (stock #15231)
One Good Eye Silver
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When it comes to impressive pendant necklaces with a distinct "ethnic" twist, the Los Ballesteros signature is what one has to look for within the field of vintage Mexican silver. Their designs are amazing not just for their proportions but also for their quality of materials and impeccable craftsmanship. This sunburst example with color-change sapphire (synthetic corundum) hanging off the hand-made sterling chain of the same vintage I have had several times in the past but I never tire of it. T...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1430160 (stock #15234)
One Good Eye Silver
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A true maestro when it comes to combining silver with faceted, brilliant gems Enrique Ledesma is the creator of this modernist Mexican hinged bangle bracelet. Ledesma set three color-change sapphires against a glistening sterling frame here but I have also had one or two similar pieces in which the silver had been oxidized. Held in place with prongs, the stones are open-backed allowing the light to play its luminous games and coax different colors out of the stones. I love the geometry of the br...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429958 (stock #15216)
One Good Eye Silver
$635.00
One of the most inspired Taxco modernists, Enrique Ledesma is not widely known as an enamelist yet he did create jewelry combining sterling with bright colored enamels. It seems that those pieces are rare and difficult to find but if one is lucky enough to come upon an example, the search is justified and the seeker duly rewarded! The necklace at hand, distinctly "machine age" in its constituting elements, breaks free of its functionalist constraints with the use of brilliant blue enamel. The co...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429828 (stock #14889)
One Good Eye Silver
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I thought I should help usher in a glorious Fall this year - I won't miss the summer and probably won't miss any of 2020 - so why not move on and bring some warm, rich colors in our beleaguered lives? Earthy beiges, browns, oranges and greens pair beautifully with well-aged sterling silver wire that cages glistening pieces of agate, onyx and quartz linking them together in this rope-length necklace. Necklaces of this type from the pre-1980 period are not as easy to come upon as similar pieces fr...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1429569 (stock #15136)
One Good Eye Silver
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Valentin Vidaurreta is one of the “giants” in Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. And even though to most his name does not resonate in the way Spratling’s or Aguilar’s or Antonio’s does, his incredible talent and sublime craftsmanship is behind many of the designs we know, admire and covet as creations of those “big names”. The hummingbird brooch at hand is just one of those examples. Influenced by Deco diktats but at the same time almost alive, the bird flexes its muscles and ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1429471 (stock #15141)
One Good Eye Silver
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An iconic design for Salvador Teran, the "moon and star" looks as if it floated out of our childhood dreams, out of that world where there are no sharp edges and everything has a reassuring face. Yet it is also one of the most recognizable creations in Taxco's modernist design index. I love the cartoonish cut-outs, the darkness of the nocturnal sky, the way the moon curves over the little star as if to tuck it in for the night. Measuring 1 1/4" by 1" the earrings weigh 19.2 grams (for the set)an...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429414 (stock #15114)
One Good Eye Silver
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Long Mexican necklaces made up of tumbled hard- and semi-precious stones caged in sterling silver are among my favorite forms and there is at least one in my jewelry box at all times. They are usually colorful, bringing together an array of agates and jaspers, sodalite, amethyst, lapis and onyx - you name the stone, you will probably find it in there. Yet this monochromatic example (please, allow me the use of the word here!), its string of agates barely tinted with the lightest hues of blue and...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429365 (stock #15165)
One Good Eye Silver
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I look at this Sigi Pineda brooch and I see pine trees frosted with snow, dancing to the tunes of cold winter winds in a Nordic forest. I am sure that others out there will see something else - and this is the magic of minimalist, abstract design; the magic of Sigi when he is truly inspired. I will not say much more hoping that my photos will help illustrate your dreamscapes but will add that the brooch is 2" tall by 1 1/8" at its widest and weighs 8.5 grams. It is fully signed with Sigi's signa...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429364 (stock #15123)
One Good Eye Silver
$150.00
Zodiac jewelry is not uncommon in the field of vintage Mexican silver yet it is mostly bracelets (charm or link), pins and combination pin/pendants that one finds. Rings, and especially sculptural ones like the example at hand, are rare and I am thrilled to have discovered it! Applied on a round flat field, the kneeling figure of Aquarius faces the onlooker, water flowing out of the urn under her arm (I know Aquarius is supposed to be male but the more I look at this ring, the more I see a femal...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1429363 (stock #14536)
One Good Eye Silver
$290.00
Based on a Fred Davis creation - if my memory doesn't play tricks, that is - this Mexican silver bracelet combines repoussage, beading and oxidation to create links in a classic Deco design that conjures images of exotic birds as they unfurl richly colored, luxurious trains. I will suggest that it was made in Mexico City by a maker that though listed, remains in the shadows of the country's 20th c. Silver Renaissance at least until more research sheds on him (or her?) the light of recognition. B...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1429191 (stock #15212)
One Good Eye Silver
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Eagle 22, one of the assay marks used by Fred Davis, is stamped on the bracelet at hand and its design combined with the fact that Davis was not at all meticulous at signing his pieces makes me believe that we might as well be dealing here with one of this creations. The carved amethyst "masks" are rendered in the most minimalist manner, a classic Abraham Paz / Fred Davis characteristic. For me, they also bring to mind ancient Cycladic art yet they were made thousands of years later in a totally...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429190 (stock #15140)
One Good Eye Silver
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Probably my favorite among the Taxco modernists, Salvador Teran has that magic touch which allows him to draw a perfectly "readable" picture with the least amount of strokes. His work is inspired and his ability to deal with different materials and always create wearable pieces of art is simply unbelievable. In this set of abstract earrings my eyes see the figures of two birds. They are so abstract, as if made of air and movement, but I look at them and I can almost hear them fluttering above my...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428870 (stock #15153)
One Good Eye Silver
$175.00
"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. This is one of the nicest pieces of dyed calcite I hav...