One Good Eye Silver
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428765 (stock #15171)
One Good Eye Silver
$185.00
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
$145.00
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
$95.00
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
$650.00
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...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428536 (stock #15077)
One Good Eye Silver
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. I have seen one or two br...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428531 (stock #13932)
One Good Eye Silver
On Hold
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. Thick, beautifully aged sterling curb chain provides the base in...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428527 (stock #15168)
One Good Eye Silver
$175.00
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. Yet it is not just proportions that attract the eye here - the repoussage is confident and sculptural; the oxidation glorifies the plummage; and please, j...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428485 (stock #15118)
One Good Eye Silver
$450.00
There are buckle bracelets and then, there are BUCKLE BRACELETS! And a spectacular Mexican Deco specimen of the latter I am proud to be presenting here. Honestly, however, all the aaahs and ooohs aside, this is one of the most glamorous mesh jewelry I have encountered even though its design elements are few and quite simple, if one thinks about it. Extra wide and finely woven, the sterling mesh is flexible and comfortably wraps around the wrist. The buckle itself is smooth and glows with the war...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428368 (stock #15108)
One Good Eye Silver
$235.00
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. In the bracelet at hand, stylized double tulip links ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428366 (stock #14589)
One Good Eye Silver
$145.00
Cheerful, colorful Mexican mod sterling silver bracelet in a design associated with the Los Castillo workshop and often referred to as "hands and stones". Signed here by a listed yet still unidentified early Mexico City maestro, the bracelet features richly colored amethyst, golden sheen obsidian, agates in mottled beige and green as well as pink, orange and sky blue quartz. Comfortable and soothing around the wrist, it is a definite pick-me-up and don't we all need some of that in our current p...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428341 (stock #15158)
One Good Eye Silver
On Hold
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. Difficult to carve since it is a volcanic form of glass, obsidian has to be worked by skilled, masterful lapidaries to ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428282 (stock #15195)
One Good Eye Silver
$135.00
Dancing to the sound of an invisible mariachi band this flamboyant, vivacious Mexican Deco couple is a classic brooch design for the period. One can find several versions of it, quite often with turquoise, but most are smaller and not carefully cast. We usually see them separated from each other, still dancing but each one to their own, solo tune. This time, however, I would love them to stay together as they obviously were meant to be. Those whom the ... maestro has joined together, let no one ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428018 (stock #14507)
One Good Eye Silver
$145.00
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. Flexible and generous in length as a choker, this is an easy necklace to wear every day and happily lends itself to "neck mess" com...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1427960 (stock #14956/15125)
One Good Eye Silver
$395.00
Massive Los Ballesteros Mexican silver pendant, layered, adorned with beading and oxidation, in a convex shape that pushes the huge citrine centering it out at you - this is one of the most impressive pendants of theirs I have seen. For me it betrays a distinct Spanish Colonial influence as it based on the ornate order medals royals around the world like to bestow on select individuals to show favor and appreciation. The heavy silver-work is lightened by the cut-outs in it but matched by the hug...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1427931 (stock #15122)
One Good Eye Silver
SOLD - Thank you!
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. Closed eyes, a slightly curved nose and full ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1427930 (stock #15069)
One Good Eye Silver
SOLD - Thank you!
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". I have had a similar brooch in the past - that one was signed "AGUILAR" (not Hector), an early maestro who might have worked in Mexico City and seems to not have been ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1427929 (stock #15142)
One Good Eye Silver
$165.00
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. Bottom-line? Irresistible...