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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...
All Items : New Century : Jewelry : Necklaces : Pre 1990 item #1428831 (stock #15210)
One Good Eye Silver
$350.00
Copying an original mid-century design by Antonio Pineda, this heavy yet so flexible necklace was made in Taxco in the 1980s and its quality and attention to detail make it a great alternative to the maestro's pricey originals. Graduated in size concave links with pointed ends on one side are connected to each other in a way that allows the necklace to lie perfectly around the neck and feel as if it's part of your body. A great addition to any discerning well-dresser's jewelry box, it measures 1...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428770 (stock #14855)
One Good Eye Silver
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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. Deeply chased and oxidized lines form the stylized petals and each flower is centered by five tiny litt...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428765 (stock #15171)
One Good Eye Silver
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It's almost the middle of August but this vintage Antonio Pineda brooch makes me think of leaves twirling in the wind filling the world with the fiery golds and reds of Fall. It is characteristic of the design genius inherent in some maestros that they can take a simple, familiar form and put such a twist to it (in our case literally), the form turns into a little work of art. This is a very sculptural brooch, the sense of motion it holds within it strong, its patina to die for. Real beauty does...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428764 (stock #15170)
One Good Eye Silver
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Sometimes things just fall into your lap unexpectedly and this is what happened with the two Antonio Pineda brooches I am listing today. First up a fun (albeit ... smelly in real life, if you are not careful) figural brooch glorifying our beloved skunk! At least, I think it's a skunk and I wish I had a more noble name for the creature. Such an unusual, tongue-in-cheek design for Antonio who is seriously modernist and quite heavy at times. Nice overlay, deep oxidation, almost out of a cartoon yet...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428703 (stock #15038)
One Good Eye Silver
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Based on one of Margot de Taxco's Japanese-inspired designs (and a very difficult ring to find with her signature!), this Mexican silver by pass ring is signed by one of her contemporaries, a listed maestro who remains among the still unidentified contributors to Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance. I wrote some time ago that by pass rings seem to me to be the equivalent of the "toi et moi" rings that became popular at the beginning of the 19th c. in Europe. The design here combines in an unexpe...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428611 (stock #15018)
One Good Eye Silver
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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. It's as if its star...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1428609 (stock #15070)
One Good Eye Silver
$260.00
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. The ring is a sz 8.75 US (r...