Ronald Hayes Pearson (1924 -96) is considered one of this country's most influential figures in metalsmithing. He regarded precious metals as plastic substances to be stretched or elongated into simple, elegant forms. This 14 karat gold brooch with a turquoise stone clearly reflects that philosophy. The gold is twisted to two different planes . The brooch measures 2 inches wide x 1 3/16 inches tall, although it can be worn in any direction.
Sterling silver cuff bracelet by New York modernist designer, Ed Wiener (1918 - 1991). This bracelet embodies the classic features of Wiener's work - emphasis on both positive and negative space, also described as attention to volume and void. At its widest, the bracelet is 1 1/2 inches from front to back. The inner diameter is 2 5/16 inches with an opening of 1 1/2 inches...
Beautifully designed money clip by Erika Hult de Corral who worked under the name Ric. She was a protegee of Sigi Pineda in Taxco and in 1966 she opened her own shop in Puerta Vallarta. Sigi's influence is evident in Ric's modernist, biomorphic designs. The clip is 2 inches in length. It features a stunning cobalt blue lapis stone that is 7/8 " in diameter...
Dramatic woman's ceremonial Zuni cuff bracelet. It is made with round and pear shaped natural turquoise. The face of the cuff measures 3 1/2 inches from top to bottom. The inner diameter is 2 3/8 inches with an opening of 1 1/16". The stones are in excellent condition. Made circa 1950.
Sterling silver brooch by Matilde Poulat who worked under the name Matl. In it, she utilized her three favorite stones of amethyst; turquoise and coral. Several of the turquoise stones have cracks but are intact. Measurements are 1 3/4 inches in height and width. Made circa 1950's.
This silver and turquoise Navajo hair barrette is unusually large. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide and 3/4 inch deep. The nine oval turquoise stones are embellished with silver balls and hand stamping. It is signed on the back Jo. Dates to the 1950's,
Five sterling silver jungle animal sculptures that are well textured and detailed. Largest of the group is the elephant that measures 2 5/16" tall and 4 1/4" from tail to trunk. He may have been done by a different maker than the rest of the group as he is considerably heavier and does not have a maker's mark as the others do (although it is undecipherable). The animals are not in proportion to their actual size in that the bird is larger than the hippo...
Sterling silver box by master William G. Matteo (1895 - 1980). Examples of DeMatteo's work are in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. For a time, DeMatteo produced much of the hollowware for Georg Jensen, whose influence can be clearly seen in the graceful lily atop this box. The box is a streamlined form with a tailored molding across the top. Measurements are 5 3/16" wide; 3 1/2 " deep and 1 1/16" tall. A removable cedar insert is included...
Sterling silver with moonstone earrings by iconic Greenwich Village Modernist jeweler, Sam Kramer. Kramer (1913 - 1964) was best known for his biomorphic designed silver jewelry, often incorporating gem stones as well as offbeat materials such as taxidermist eyes. The earrings have screwbacks. They measure 3/4" wide and 1 1/4" tall...
Unique pair of metal sconces by Los Castillo. The background is intentionally blackened to highlight the celestial design . The sconces measure 9 3/4 inches tall and 6 3/4 inches wide. To the best of my knowledge, they are a unique pair, perhaps custom made. 1939 - 1945 hallmark; condition is excellent.
Stunning colorful Berber necklace from Morocco made of a variety of beads. The large center ball is enamel. It is surrounded by three strands of coral as well as glass and silver beads. The necklace measures 20 inches in length.
Sterling silver flatware set by William Spratling...
Highly stylized Modernist sterling silver cufflinks depicting three dimensional faces. The cufflinks measure 5/16" x 9/16". They are in excellent condition. Marked 925 for sterling silver; made in Mexico.
Double wood ball cufflinks by Tiffany, Mexico's answer to Tiffany. The balls are of different sizes with the larger measuring approximately 12 mm. The cufflinks are 1 3/8 inches in diameter.The wood is probably ebony. Silver half domes emerge from both balls. Double bands of silver are on the inside of each ball. Made circa 1980's. Excellent condition.
Two sterling silver shot glasses by silver master, William Spratling. The cup on the left has the streamlined hand motif that he used on some of his jewelry designs. It weighs 43 grams and is 1 3/4" tall. The cup on the left is adorned with a band around the bottom. it weighs 56 grams and is 1 13/16" in height. Both are in excellent condition and have his 1940's hallmark. They are priced at $295. each.
This sterling silver letter opener by William Spratling is the ultimate in elegance and simplicity. It is 5 1/2 inches in length and the blade is 7/8" tall. It weighs a substantial 61 grams. Condition is excellent. Hallmark dates to 1940 - 1946.
Chunky hematite stones are wrapped in steel wires in these artisan made cufflinks. The stones measure approximately 1 inch long and 3/4 "tall. There is a small indentation on one of the stones that seems to be a natural flaw rather than a chip.
This impressive Cross by Matilde Poulat (who designed under the name Matl) is unusually large and heavy. It is 3 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. It weighs 55 grams. The silver is adorned with amethyst; turquoise and coral as is typical of Matl's work. The cross has two loops on the top from which to hang it. It would look equally good on a silver chain or fabric cord or ribbon. The hallmark dates it to the 1950's; condition is excellent.
This unusual ring by Angela Cummings is like wearing a small sculpture. Three undulating bands of silver are combined to create a large, very graceful form. The ring is size six. It can easily be sized up or down. Signed Cummings and dated 1980; excellent condition.
Sterling silver necklace and earrings set by J. Gabriel. The set consists of undulating, irregular circles with a satin finish and high glass rims. The necklace measures 17 inches in length. Clip back earrings can be converted to posts or can be added to lengthen the necklace.
Bold and striking silver earrings with hematite by Pablo Picasso's youngest daughter, Paloma. They are signed Paloma Picasso and dated 1985. The earrings measure 1 inch in length and 3/4 inch in width. Clip backs can be converted to posts; excellent condition. Light spots are reflections - not dings.
This stunning silver ring is like a painting to wear on a finger. Inlaid stones of a variety of turquoise; lapis lazuli; coral and ironwood make a beautiful composition. The ring is 2 1/8" long and 1 7/16" at its widest. Condition is excellent. The ring can be worn equally well by a man or woman. It is size 7 3/4 but can be sized up or down. It appears to be signed CP.
Oxidized recangles of varying sizes give these sterling silver Modernist ear clips a very three dimensional look. Clip backs can easily be changed to posts. The earrings measure 1 inch in diameter at their widest across the bottom. They are 1 inch in height. Made circa 1970; excellent condition.
Stunning and dramatic Navajo necklace of branch coral alternating with handmade round discs of natural turquoise. Two strands of coral and turquoise are joined at the end by cones of sterling silver. The silver chain attaching to the clasp allows the length to be adjusted from 28 1/2" to 31" (including coral drop).
This Native American (most likely Navajo) ring is the largest I have seen. It measures 2 3/16" tall and 1 5/8" wide. It is interesting to note that because of its large size, the maker had to solder two pieces of silver together to create the backing. It is set with round and pear shaped natural turquoise stones. The ring is size 7 1/2 but can easily be sized up or down. Made circa 1950; found in Arizona.
This Hopi silver bracelet with natural turquoise is wonderfully three dimensional. The four irregularly shaped turquoise stones are set below the surface to create a shadowbox. The surface on which the stones are set is oxidized with the black giving the appearance of additional depth. The bracelet is stamped with an abstract design of circles and continuous curved lines on the top and bottom. It weighs a very substantial 123 grams. The inner diameter is 2 1/8" across with an opening of 1"...
Handmade Navajo silver and natural turquoise dating to the late 1940's. The cluster ring on the left measures 15/16" in diameter. It is size 8 3/4. $295 The large triangular ring on the right measures 1 3/8" wide x 1 1/2" tall. It is size 8 1/2. Both rings can be sized up or down. Arizona origin.$275
Beautiful set of handmade Navajo silver teaspoons with fine stamped designs on the handles and bowls of the spoons. They measure 8 7/16" long; excellent condition. Made circa 1930's.
Nicely handmade woven box of sterling silver. It measures 7/8" tall and 1 5/8" in diameter. The box is marked 925 for sterling and has additional numbers that I do not recognize. It has a good hinge and secure clasp. Excellent condition. Probably made circa 1960.
Beautifully colored coral beads necklace with matching earrings. The earrings have post backs. The necklace has a 14 karat gold clasp. It measures 18" in length. The beads are 8 millimeters. Excellent condition; circa 1960.
Antonio Pineda is best known for his masterfully designed silver jewelry. He did little in the way of hollowware making this set quite rare as well as beautiful. It consists of a sterling tray measuring 8" x 12" and 5 cups that are 3" tall. All have a bamboo design trim. The tray weighs 18.25 ounces and each cup is 110 grams.
Silver master Antonio Pineda is best known for his architectural designs. This wonderful Circles bracelet is in keeping with his fine work. The circles are 3/4"tall. The sturdy clasp is invisibly integrated into the design. Only the safety chain indicates where the clasp is. It is in very good condition. The bracelet is made of 970 silver, higher quality than the 925 standard. It is approximately 7 7/8" in length but difficult to measure precisely because of the safety chain.
This six strand silver and jasper necklace was made by Audie Yazzie of the well known Navajo jewelry making family. It dates to the 1970's and is made with red jasper and several sizes and shapes of silver beads. Fetishes are carved from coral. The length of the necklace is adjustable from 30" to 38". The maker's name is signed on a silver disc. This is a wonderfully fashionable necklace enhanced by its Native American origin.
Rose quartz balls drop from a double hoop in these lovely earrings by Paloma Picasso. A tourmaline set in a gold collar completes the bottom. Post backs; like new condition. Measurements are 1 1/2" from the top of the hoop to the bottom of the tourmaline. The rose quartz bead is 11/16" in diameter. Made circa 1990.
These large, softly colored earrings are large enough to make a wonderful statement. Fortunately, they are light enough to be very comfortable to wear. They measure 1 1/8" in diameter and 1 1/4" in length including the two stones. Post backs can be converted to clips. Made of fourteen karat gold; circa 1980.
Dome shaped 18 karat gold earrings by Tiffany and Co.in which rubies are set in five point stars. Measurements are 7/8" in diameter. Clip backs can be converted to posts. Made circa 1960; excellent condition.