One Good Eye Silver
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1421361 (stock #12838)
One Good Eye Silver
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Set of modernist Mexican earrings bearing the Los Castillo signature, each earring featuring two male profiles, one executed in silver, the second with azur-malachite inlay. Though the Mozaico Azteca technique employed here was among the innovations and revivals the Los Castillo workshop is credited for, I believe the pair at hand was in fact designed by their cousin, Salvador Teran, when he was still working with them. The set's sheer minimalism is only tempered by the saturated color in the st...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1421304 (stock #14064)
One Good Eye Silver
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From the earlier part of Matilde Poulat's magically creative career this set of silver and red coral earrings is characterized by her textured wirework, beading and bezel-set stones. Almost understated when compared to Matl's usually bold designs, it reminds me of inverted question marks. I love the classic elegance and the way the dark patina of the silver makes the saturated color of the cabs pop. The earrings are 1 1/2" tall by 1" wide and weigh 11.5 grams (for the set). They are signed with ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1421245 (stock #14853)
One Good Eye Silver
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For all the horse-lovers out there this majestic Margot de Taxco Mexican silver brooch is a must-have! There is something about her des. 5160 that makes one see the muscles in that strong neck, smell the warmth of the animal's mane, feel the tension as it waits for the go-ahead so it can run like the wind. Masterful repoussage, great design, deep chasing that makes the horse come alive and the patina you want to see on a well-loved, well-cared for silver brooch of this vintage. Magical at 2" t...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1421027 (stock #14460)
One Good Eye Silver
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A pair of leaves made out of sterling silver and inlaid with azur-malachite this set of Salvador Teran earrings remains true to the absolute minimalism that characterizes his jewelry. It never ceases to amaze me how, with just a few pencil strokes, talented designers can impart the freshness of a green leaf, the way it curls to collect the rain, the texture of its serrated edge. Here the thin ribbon of stone, seamlessly set into the foliate body, is the only element of color, a tiny window that ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1420784 (stock #13454)
One Good Eye Silver
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A perfect match for the M. Ocampo bracelet in the same design also available in my store this vintage Mexican silver set of rich tassel earrings is signed by N. Jacopo, one of the few Taxco maestros known for the high quality twist-rope lariat necklaces. There are fourteen strands of shimmering sterling chain that make up each tassel's fringe while the sphere at the top holding them all together has a brushed finish. Though the Ocampo bracelet with which you see the earrings in some of the photo...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1420782 (stock #14515)
One Good Eye Silver
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Thick twist-rope lariat necklaces with luscious tassel ends are among the designs that Mexican maestros in the 1940s and 1950s worked with but to find a matching bracelet for those necklaces is a not-as-easily-accomplished feat. I am therefore thrilled to be presenting this example by Taxco silversmith M. Ocampo, one among the few who are known for their tasseled lariat jewelry. I also pulled out a pair of dangle earrings in the same design - this one by N. Jacopo - that are a perfect match for ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1420432 (stock #14711a)
One Good Eye Silver
$145.00
Based on a neo-Aztec design created by the modernist genius of Enrique Ledesma this set of long dangle earrings is not signed for maker but is beautifully articulated and carefully finished. I am sure it was made by one of Ledesma's Taxco contemporaries; both the weight and the fact that the screw-back findings (and only those) are made of alpaca indicates to me that the set did not come out of the renowned designer's workshop. This having been said, I can assure you that the earrings are master...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1420028 (stock #14158)
One Good Eye Silver
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Obviously inspired by modernist design and more specifically by one of Antonio Pineda's creations this set of sterling silver and tiger's eye necklace and bracelet was made in Taxco in the time the renowned maestro was also active. Signed by one of those maestros who are known to us by their initials only - and of course, the work they left behind - the demi is such a treat to the eye and so easy to wear! I am very attracted to tiger's eye - it is probably my sweet tooth talking here but don't t...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1419921 (stock #14554)
One Good Eye Silver
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Long, classy and colorful this vintage Mexican necklace is comprised of gorgeous tumbled hard-stones that have been caged in sterling silver. There is so much color here and so many kinds of stones: jaspers, agates, onyx, azur-malachite, quartz, amethyst, sodalite... I am very partial to long necklaces like this, especially the ones made before 1980, and I love the specific design - it is uncomplicated and honest yet the beauty of its materials turns it in one of those pieces that make your day ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1419054 (stock #14759/14591)
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Early, heavy, wrought in fine purity .980 silver the stupendous chain in this pendant necklace is obviously based on Hector Aguilar's "v" link design. Bearing simply a raised mark for Taxco and the metal content hallmark, it is without any doubt comparable to the renowned maestro's original both in heft as well as in level of craftsmanship and quality of materials used. Its deep and careful hand-chased details reflect the warmly ornamentation on the locket pendant I have paired it with. Of the s...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Scandinavian : Pre 1970 item #1417809 (stock #14384)
One Good Eye Silver
$165.00
Slick and elegant in such a less-is-more way this set of vintage sterling silver Kupitaan Kulta modernist earrings was created in Finland in the 1950s-60s period. It seems to me that in this set Elis Kauppi tempered bare bones minimalism with the lightest possible trace of vermeil that covers the inner surfaces of the earrings' rectangular building blocks and gives the illusion of a textured finish. Spectacularly beautiful they measure 2 3/8" long by 3/8" wide and weigh 7.2 grams (for the set). ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1417498 (stock #13494)
One Good Eye Silver
$150.00
Handmade in the 1960s this ring crafted in 835 silver follows the Arts and Crafts tradition in its chased, textured and oxidized silver-work and the choice of amber as its "stone". Active in the 1960s and 1970s in Germany, Deodat is the first of the two Kleists known for their jewelry, the second being his son, Helmut, who started work in 1965. Beautifully made, carefully finished, the ring evokes the craftsmanship of earlier ages yet looks very much at home on our modern fingers. Currently a sz...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1416533 (stock #14852)
One Good Eye Silver
$230.00
Highly stylized foliate links cut out of thick gauge silver sheet and deeply hand-chased comprise this modernist Taxco sterling bracelet. The central station houses a faceted glass gem, its crystal clear, icy blue color eye-catching and evocative of wintry landscapes. This is a piece signed by one of those early Mexican maestros about whom we don't know much more than where they worked and when they were active. The jewelry they created is their legacy, however, and judging by the craftsmanship,...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Deco : Pre 1960 item #1416174 (stock #14722)
One Good Eye Silver
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Vintage Portuguese sterling silver hinged bangle bracelet in a classic for the genre harvest calendar design in which different months of the year are illustrated by either a flower, fruit or other staple that characterizes them. I love these bracelets for their representation of the cyclical nature of time and their allusion to earlier decades when the availability of food depended on one's location and the specific season. In the example at hand the figural decoration is distinct and crisp in ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1416113 (stock #14533/14986)
One Good Eye Silver
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In keeping with the love the 1960s and '70s had for huge, "ethnic" pendants this Los Ballesteros sterling silver sunburst stunner is inspired by ancient Aztec and Maya calendar disks and measures 3.5 in without the bail! Several silversmithing techniques were combined to create the pendant - cutwork, chasing, overlay, oxidation - and right at the center, a crown-set amethyst brings intense color to an otherwise silver and black background. The chain itself is an incredible find not just because ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1415753 (stock #14983)
One Good Eye Silver
$385.00
Stunning Taxco modernist sterling silver pendant necklace this set seems to borrow stylistically from both Antonio Pineda (in its use of the black velvet cord) and the Los Ballesteros workshops (in featuring that huge gemstone). The signature it bears, however, attributes it to a listed yet still unidentified Mexican maestro whose work I have had before but about whom we don't really know that much. The pendant's good weight, sweeping, free-flowing curves and the crown-set citrine (according to ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #1415300 (stock #14151)
One Good Eye Silver
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Slick, easy to enjoy and definitely made in a studio by a silversmith who just didn't sign their creation, this modernist silver necklace is of European origin as indicated by the .835 alloy with which it was crafted. There is something quite dainty and at the same time assured in the hand-hammered quality of the slender silver pins that hold electric green tumbled gems at their ends (the stones register in the chrysoprase / emerald area of my gem tester). The silver extension that was added a l...
All Items : New Century : Jewelry : Bracelets : Pre 2000 item #1415067 (stock #14749)
One Good Eye Silver
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Made after the mid-1980s yet following in the tradition of Portuguese hinged bangles from the Deco years this bracelet is wrought in .835 silver and decorated profusely with "harvest" motifs. Luscious fruits, flowers in full bloom and sheaves of ripe cereals run the bracelet's full length with patina and oxidation bringing out their sculptural quality and allowing the raised surfaces to glow. A narrower bracelet in the same design is also available in my inventory as you can see in one of the ph...