chunky Mexican silver box and azur-malachite cylinder Necklace and Earrings set

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One of the best vintage 1950s Taxco sterling silver and stone necklaces I have seen, this chunky, spectacular piece is accompanied by matching dangle earrings. Classy cylinder-and-box construction, only here the colors in the azur-malachite are to die for and the heft of the box links gently softened by geometric cut-outs. I love the vibrant blues in one of the cylinders and the way it stands out of the rest that are mostly green and guarantee all of them to be original to the necklace. Did I say that it wears like a dream?   Size/Weight: necklace is 18  1/8″ long (wearable; once clasped it gains a little and goes up to 18  1/2″); cylinder links are approx. 5/16″ in diameter while the boxes are 7/8″ long by equally 3/8″ wide and tall; earrings are just shy of 1  5/8″ long with the dimensions of the dangle the same as those of the box links in the necklace; 92.6 grams (for the set; necklace alone is 77.8 grams) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “MCS” as well as “MEXICO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; please note that the screwback findings on the earrings are made of alpaca and faintly marked as such yet the main body and dangles are tested and guaranteed of sterling quality like the necklace; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with stupendous colors in the azur-malachite, undisturbed patina (you can always give the demi a light buffing up), impressive presence and easy to wear and enjoy   Offered at $545.00 Contact us about this...

sublime Margot de Taxco Mexican silver and enamel Necklace ~ Roman Patrician des. no 5862

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Published on p. 143 in Penny Morrill’s book on Margot de Taxco’s enamelwork, the “Roman Patrician” is a design that showcases Margot’s ability to create three-dimensional jewelry that speak directly to the heart. The portrait’s luminosity is achieved here with the addition of gold leaf behind the transparent color of the enamel and the glistening black of the medallion upon which it is riveted makes it stand out in a magic way. This is a substantial piece with its two constituent parts ready to be worn with other chains or pendants as well…   Size/Weight: chain itself 24″ long (wearable); pendant just shy of 3″ tall by 2 1/4″ wide; 111.8 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed on medallion’s back with Margot’s name as well as des. no 5862 and Eagle 16 assay mark; mid-1950s Condition: excellent vintage with stunning presence and great patina; there is a very shallow, tiny little flake off the uppermost layer of the enamel on the figure’s lips yet it is not noticeable to the naked eye and does not deter from the necklace’s beauty at all     Offered at $1175.00 Contact us about this...

long Miguel Melendez Mexican silver modernist Earrings ~ tiered chandeliers with tiger’s eye teardrops

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Stunning set of 1950s Miguel Melendez Mexican silver and tiger’s eye earrings in a multi-tiered chandelier design, this is a pair for the daring female. Having started his career at Spratling’s Las Delicias and then worked for the Los Castillo before ending up as manager of Margot’s workshop, Melendez ventured on his own in 1953 and, in my opinion, he was at his best when he created modernist jewelry. Warm, golden caramel and brown hues give a magical brilliance to the tiger’s eye teardrops while the proportions of the sterling latticework capture the eye at first sight…   Size/Weight: 3″ long by 2 7/8″ wide; 25.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Melendez’s initial “m” as well as “STERLING TAXCO MEXICO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with no damage or repairs noted, gorgeous patina and ravishing looks     SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

masterful early Mexican Deco silver repousse lilies Cuff Bracelet ~ a Taxco beauty

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One of Taxco’s most impressive and complex repousse designs, the lily motif of this superb Mexican Deco cuff bracelet is one of the most elusive and hence sought-after creations. Pieces in this design are some times found with the signature of Doris / Corpus Artisans or Miguel Melendez and I have sold examples by both in the past. Yet the cuff at hand bears the initials of a listed but still unidentified maestro – and it is spectacular not just in the beauty of its floral synthesis but also in its proportions…     Size/Weight: 7  3/8″ inner circumference (including the 7/8″ gap); width between 3  3/4″ at center front and 3/4″ at its narrowest; 77.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “F.D.” in a circle formed by “STERLING MEXICO” and des. no 1001; there is a small blob of silver very close to the hallmarks as you can see but I am not sure if this was intended to be an Eagle mark so I am going to date the cuff in the pre-1948 period Condition: excellent vintage with impressive size, a complex design that is rather hard to find, bold and beautiful with the patina you want to see on a well-loved, cared-for piece of Deco jewelry   Offered at $645.00 Contact us about this...

Emma Melendez early Mexican modernist silver Cuff Bracelet in a Hubert Harmon design

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Early Taxco modernist sterling silver cuff bracelet bearing the signature of accomplished Mexican designer and silversmith Emma Melendez, this piece is more an arm band than a simple cuff. I believe its design is inspired by Hubert Harmon’s bold creations and it is the ideal piece to bring out the warrior princess hiding within you. Daring, no-fuss yet absolutely commanding presence and a wonderfully mellow patina underscore a modernist less-is-more attitude…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (at about mid-height; the cuff is wider than that at the top and narrower at the very bottom to better fit the shape of the arm); width between 3″ at center front and 1  7/8″ at the two ends; 83.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature “EMMA” as well as “STERLING TAXCO”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with bold, commanding presence, a warmly glowing patina, very well made and without unsightly damage or repairs   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

vintage Deco Matilde Poulat Mexican silver jeweled Pin / Brooch Pendant ~ a Matl classic

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A Deco Matilde Poulat jeweled cross pin / pendant as is indicated by the hallmark it bears, this is a piece with good size, very nice stones and nice patina. It becomes exceedingly difficult to find pre-1948 Matl jewelry and the example at hand is a classic. Whether you wear it to express your spirituality or as a work of art, it will unfailingly start conversations and win you compliments… PS: A selection of chains from the same period is also available in my inventory so if you need one, just let me know.   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ tall (without the little bail) by 1 7/8″ wide and weighs; 18.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown which dates it in the 1934-1948 period Condition: excellent vintage with no damage or repairs noted and all its stones present and securely set in their bezels     Offered at $495.00 Contact us about this...

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