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1950s Mexican silver and simulated alexandrite hinged Bracelet

on Nov 27, 2018 in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American

In the spirit of what I like to refer to as the “hinged bangle bracelets” the Los Ballestreros workshop is known for, this vintage 1950s Taxco sterling silver and simulated alexandrite piece brings together ancient and Deco motifs. The curved lozenge that provides the backdrop for the gem is definitely Deco but the motifs on the side remind me of similar designs found in Mexican jewelry that belongs squarely in the “archeological” style. Yet never has a marriage of such seemingly disparate elements been so successful! I love the color-changing quality of the stone (this is corundum or synthetic sapphire that mimics the behavior of natural alexandrites), its more than generous size and the heft of the silver itself. Gorgeous…

 

Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 3/4″ and 1/2″; 60.3 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “MPC” as well as “TAXCO 925 MEXICO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s

Condition: excellent vintage with a stunning looking gem that changes color from a deep burgundy almost to a steely purple according to the light that hits it, having great patina and strong presence, with no damage nor repairs noted and the added security of a safety chain

 

 

Offered at $395.00

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