Sublime is not an exaggerated description for the Antonio Pineda crescents and shells necklace presented here. The maestro’s design flexibility, his ability to create magnificent jewelry in more than one styles is phenomenal and even though he is primarily known as a modernist, in our case he imaginatively navigates the waters of a more classic index. Perfect crescents of black onyx set in silver are linked together with sculptural shell connectors and hug the neck in an elegant festoon of stone and precious metal. Pineda has used the black onyx crescent motif in a few designs yet this one is, in my opinion, his best version. The necklace is approx. 15 3/4″ long (wearable; difficult to measure with accuracy due to the curves in the links but this is a very generous choker size) and 1/2″ wide (width of the shell. It weighs 60.6 grams
and is fully hallmarked with Antonio’s crown, des. no YY 622, “970” “SILVER” and Eagle mark 17. It dates in the 1950s-60s
and is in excellent vintage condition with an elegance that defies time and fashion, amazing patina, no damage or repairs noted and with Antonio’s design genius shining brightly in every crescent and shell.