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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1318358 (stock #13326)
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Heavy, imposing, an undisputed beauty, this vintage sterling silver Alfredo Villasana lariat necklace with matching earrings represents the highest quality you can get in this genre. Thick rope and big tassels with luscious fringe can be worn with or without the special clip that comes with the lariat in a variety of configurations. Yet it is the presence of the matching earrings that makes this demi rare and irresistible...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1318234 (stock #13174)
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A book-piece design, this big dragonfly silver and agate brooch bears the signature of Horacio de la Parra, a maestro whose work has never disappointed me in its quality of materials and level of craftsmanship. A not-so-often found piece, the example at hand is even more unusual because of the almost robin's egg blue color of the stones. It measures just shy of 3 3/8" wide by 2 1/4" long and weighs 15.6 grams. It is signed with Parra's name alongside "HECHO EN MEXICO D.F...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1318160 (stock #13227)
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Scrumptious fruits, luscious spring foliage, summer roses and the grain crops of the fall decorate this Deco Portuguese silver bracelet. A classic design for the first part of the 20th c. known as "Four Seasons", it always impresses with its imagery of abundance and prosperity. With an inner circumference of 7 1/4" (clasped) this example is 1" wide and weighs 42.8 grams. It is hallmarked on the tongue of the clasp and also tests as silver, guaranteed to be of at least .800 purity...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1318156 (stock #13306/13307)
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Vintage assembled set of Antonio Pineda bracelets in a mod, minimalist design that features deeply carved semi-spheres out of each bangle's perimeter, with the empty areas oxidized to add drama to an otherwise simple form. I am very partial to sets of bangles and this pair wears comfortably with its discrete musicality reminding you of its presence. The bangles have an inner circumference of 8" and their width is 1/4"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1318078 (stock #13269)
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One of Margot's most opulent creations, the mirrored swans necklace is an ode to the art of repoussage and an avidly sought after piece. The example at hand, perfectly finished, with stunning patina and a richness that impresses without feeling pretentious is a comfortable 16 1/2" long (could even be a little more in wearable length due to the dip in between the swans). The mirrored swans part is 4 3/8" wide and has a 2 3/8" drop while the width at the chain is 3/8"...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1318029 (stock #13274)
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Generous in size and studded with channel and bezel set stones, this is a glorious Matilde Poulat cross whether you wear it as an expression of your spirituality or as a work of art. Matl's signature wirework and beading combined with the patina the pendant has developed over time make for a strong, eye-catching presence. The hand-wrought chain that it comes with is Mexican as well and of the same period (yet not a Matl piece) and I believe it complements it in the best possible way...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1317694 (stock #13149)
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Classic Deco Mexico City work, this bracelet is a stunner and perfect to set the festive mood for the holidays yet not necessarily limited to this part of the year. One of the most visually impressive early pieces of this type (and quite hard to find), its links are big floral wreaths surrounding stylized bows and the bracelet is studded with turquoise cabochons. I haven't touched the patina but you could always give it a buff, if you like. Either way, the compliments will not stop coming...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1317647 (stock #13181)
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Dating in the opening decades of the 20th c., a classic Italian bracelet cast in 800 silver, its links fashioned like theatrical masks. Most probably a memento of a young lady's Grand Tour, the bracelet follows the style established by the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros and is in excellent vintage condition. Measuring a wearable 7 3/8" long (actual length is 8") it is 1 7/16" wide and weighs 57.0 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1317642 (stock #13228)
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Generously sized, an early Matilde Poulat brooch featuring two of Matl's classic motifs, her repousse birds perched on the flowers of a stylized potted plant. Adorned with coral and turquoise, the pin can be enjoyed as such or as a pendant with the use of a simple pin-to-pendant converter. Beautifully made, playfully articulated, this is a must-have for the Poulat collector. The brooch measures 2 3/8" tall by just above 2 1/2" wide and weighs 26.7 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1317417 (stock #12721)
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A master lapidary, Enrique Ledesma has a magical way of seamlessly marrying silver and stone and the bracelet presented here is one of his signature designs. I am very partial to azur-malachite and just by looking at the richness of the blues and greens in the stones you can understand why. Measuring 7" long (wearable) the bracelet is 3/4" wide and weighs 35.5 grams. It is signed with Ledesma's name as well as "TAXCO HECHO EN MEXICO", "925" and also bears Eagle 3 assay mark and des. no 202...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1317335 (stock #12616)
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A really challenging piece to photograph - all those surfaces that curve and turn and face each other just won't behave! - yet equally impressive and inventive in its design, this bracelet is based on a creation by Antonio Pineda that seems quite difficult to find...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1317227 (stock #13317)
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Published in Penny Morrill's latest book on Margot de Taxco's enamel work, the so called "Curling Lines" necklace is one of her most loved designs and definitely a piece that epitomizes her understanding of femininity and elegance. Deeply sculpted repousse links that bring to mind feathers dotted with perfect silver beads, lead to a gorgeous central piece where the silver twists and twirls like waves in the sea. Craftsmanship of the highest level, attention to detail and perfect finishing are al...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1316855 (stock #13316)
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Obviously influenced by the Spanish Colonial tradition, an early Deco Mexican silver and malachite necklace with the fleur-de-lis motif at center front! Distinctly Mexican in its craftsmanship and combination of materials, it is nonetheless more "discrete" and "romantic" than most pieces from this period. If you always wanted a vintage Mexican necklace that will catch the eye without overwhelming it, this was made for you. Measuring 16" long (wearable; easily lengthened with the addition of a st...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1316411 (stock #13314)
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Rare and hence avidly collected, Marcel Boucher's Parisina line was crafted in Mexico for a few years around WWII. The sterling silver bracelet at hand is quite a find - slick and very very mod, with an inventive clasp that blends into the piece when you have it on but still has two little beads on the link that holds it so you can find it again, and with generous in size, prong-set amethyst glass gems adorning it. A sparkling little treasure for fans of Boucher and lovers of vintage Mexican jew...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1315620 (stock #13163)
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Matching the necklace in the same design that is also available on this site (you actually see the demi together in one of the photos), a vintage Francisco Rivera for Emma Melendez sterling silver bracelet with color-change sapphires that are habitually referred to as alexandrites in Taxco jewelry. This must be a very rare design; in all my years of searching for vintage Mexican pieces, I have never seen it come up before. And it is one of Rivera's masterpieces - with stunning stones, thick, per...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1315416 (stock #13203)
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Alfredo Villasana is one of my favorite "less celebrated" early Taxco maestros. Though all of his work is beautiful, he did have some exceptional moments and the bracelet presented here is, I believe, a great example. Heavy shield-shaped sterling links with oxidation and beading connect to floral rondelles, each one holding a big simulated alexandrite (color-change corundum, in fact) in substantial crown settings. Despite its heft, this is a comfortable bracelet to wear and one of those pieces t...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1314570 (stock #13271)
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In my world there is nothing more classy than a multi-strand pearl necklace and when it's made by Sigi Pineda and the "pearls" are silver with a matte finish, I feel like I am in heaven. The epitome of versatility, the four-strand treasure at hand can be worn as shown or, alternatively, you can use its clasp as a brooch and also as a pendant with your favorite vintage chain. The stone that adorns it is a polished obsidian with warm golden depths. And I promise you, this is a very comfortable nec...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1314205 (stock #13255)
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Sweeping swirls in graduated sizes, hand-chased and oxidized make up this stunning Los Castillo silver necklace. I have in the past sold the enameled version of this specific design but this is my first all-sterling piece. And I am loving the amazingly comfortable way it wears, the loyalty with which it holds its position around the neck and the high quality of workmanship it boasts - which, of course, characterizes all Los Castillo jewelry. Measuring 17" long (wearable; this is a design that de...