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.
This is an unusual pair of wood bowls by silver master, William Spratling. The wood bowls have silver ornamentation of squares and circles. The lima bean shaped bowls measure 7" long; 4 3/4" wide and 1 1/2" tall. They are in excellent condition. Both have Spratling's mark that dates from 1956 - 1962.
Shown are two pairs of earrings by silver master William Spratling. On the left is the more classic pair with amethysts. Those are the right with wood are rarely seen. Both are from the 1940's; well hallmarked. Both have screw backs. They measure 5/8" in diameter; excellent condition.
Ribbed ovals are placed to create wonderfully three dimensional earrings. Each oval has a prong set diamond or sapphire. The earrings measure 1" in each direction. They have post backs that can easily be changed to clips. Test 14 karat gold; circa 1960.
William Spratling sterling silver cuff bracelet in oxidized and polished silver, known as the Cholula design. The inside diameter is 2 1/2" at its widest with an opening of 1 5/16". Hallmark dates to the 1940's. Very good condition; size can be made smaller or larger.
Cartier Double C earrings with alternating ribs of yellow and white gold. Each C is embellished with pave diamonds. Backs are posts and clips. Measurements are 1 1/8" in length and 9/16" in width at the diamond top.
Sporty and unusual earrings by Boris Le Beau who sold jewelry from his shop on Madison Avenue for 40 years. A central yellow sapphire has pear shaped emeralds above and below. All are set in 18 karat gold on ebony. Omega backs. Measure 1.13" long and .75" wide. Made circa 1970's; excellent condition.
This ornamented squares bracelet by silver master William Spratling is not often seen. Alternating squares and rectangles have a wrapped circular design around them. Measurements are 3/4" wide and 6 13/16" wearable length so it fits a small/ medium wrist. Made in the 1940's.
This unusually large turquoise Native American bracelet is surrounded by handsome silver detail. It may have been made for ceremonial use.The triangular turquoise stone measures 2 1/2" tall and 1 3/4" at its widest. There is matrix throughout the stone. In one area, it is filled with resin as there was obviously an indentation. That would not be unusual with a stone as large as this. Made circa 1950's;excellent condition.
Massive Native American cuff bracelet with two triangular turquoise stones. There is beautiful silver work with considerable detail around the stones. The bracelet makes a fabulous fashion statement for either a man or woman. It measures 3 1/8" tall and 3" at its widest. The inner diameter of the cuff is 2 1/2" with a 1 5/8" opening (which can be adjusted). There is a small chip in the smaller of the two stones...
Navajo bracelet with 15 beautifully colored, natural turquoise stones. The center medallion is 1 3/4" tall. Inner diameter is 2 1/4" with an opening of 1 1/4" (adjustable). Last thumbnail photo shows that the wrist cuff has been (poorly) re-soldered to the center medallion. It was not beautifully done but it is certainly secure. It does not show on the front of the bracelet. Made no later than 1950's.
Bold and unusual silver earrings of large circles within which are cut out circles. They are topped with amethysts, the size of which looks as though they are from the cut out circle. The setting and type of amethyst as well as the overall design of the earring are reminiscent of the work of William Spratling.The earrings are certainly artist made but not signed other than sterling. The circles measure 1 3/8" in diameter. The earrings are 1 3/4" in length including the amethyst...
This Thumbprint bracelet may be by silver master Antonio Pineda. It is a variation of his traditional all silver Thumb bprint bracelet. I have not seen one like this in which the silver links alternate with onyx. The ambiguity has to do with the mark...
This mixed metals (aka metales casados or married metals) fish brooch is done with the technique made famous by Los Castillo. It measures 2 1/8" from head to tail and 2 3/8" from the top to bottom of the fins. Hallmark dates from 1948 - 1960. Very good condition.
Henry Dunay 18 karat gold earrings in the hammered finish for which his work is well known. The swirl and knot design is very flattering to the face. They measure 1 1/8" long and 3/4" wide. Clip backs can be changed to posts. Made circa 1980's; excellent condition.
Charming sterling silver cufflinks for the male or female sailor. They cleverly convey the boats and water while reducing them to their most basic elements. The boat and water are applied on an oxidized ground. Measurements are 15/16" square. Made of sterling silver; circa 1950.
Tiffany 18 karat gold bracelet with undulating bands of blue and green enamel. The bracelet is intricately made and a substantial weight. Measurements are 7 1/4" wearable length and 7/16" wide. It has a nice clasp with two safety catches.
Classic Lisa Jenks bracelet combining links and chain. Different designs on the links make it completely reversible for two bracelets in one. The central links are 7/16" wide. Wearable length is 7 1/2" including nice toggle clasp. Excellent condition; made 1980's.
Beautiful small silver ladle with an ebony handle by silver master, William Spratling. The inside of the bowl shows the hand hammer marks while the outside is smooth. A side view shows the elegance with which the handle is made. It is wider toward the bottom and tapers at the top.It measures 6 3/4" long; the bowl is 1 7/8" in diameter. There is a tiny indentation on the wood handle close to the bowl; everything else is in perfect condition. 1940's hallmark.
Elegant silver ladle with an ebony handle by silver master, William Spratling. The inside of the bowl shows the hand hammer marks. It measures 3 1/2" wide to the pouring lip. The handle is 10" long. Excellent condition; 1940's hallmark.
Substantial size 18 karat gold earrings with three ribs centered with a pear shaped emerald and surrounded by 6 round diamonds. Omega backs. Maker's mark JDI. Measurements are 1" long and 5/8" wide.
These large earrings by silver master William Spratling are most unusual. Oval obsidian discs are below the silver swirl with an obsidian ball on top. They measure 1 1/8" wide x 1 5/8" tall. 1960's hallmark. They are from the widow of silversmith Allan Adler.
This rope twisted 18 karat gold necklace is centered with an oval medallion of a cabochon sapphire and 5 diagonal rows of diamonds. The medallion measures 3/4" wide x 3/8" tall. The necklace is 15 1/2" in length. Signed VCA France. Made in the 1970's.
Wonderfully sculptural 18 karat gold earrings by David Webb. Three ridged lobes converge giving lots of depth. The earrings measure 1 1/4" x 7/8" wide. Clip backs can be converted to posts.
This 20 strand sterling silver necklace of small oval links by Tane can be worn two different ways. The strands can be worn loose or twisted to give very different looks as seen in thumbnail photos. The necklace is 24" in length. Made by Mexico's most prestigious jeweler, Tane, in the 1970s.