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fab Mexican silver and citrine shadowbox Pendant Necklace

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

I am so excited to have discovered this as-sweet-as-can-be Mexican silver shadowbox pendant! My excitement is not due to its excellent craftsmanship – just take a look at the row of figures running the outer perimeter; nor is it because of the beautiful, sparkling gemstone – it registers right on the divide between citrine and spinel but I am calling it a citrine. I am thrilled about this find because usually, this specific sub-genre of Taxco jewelry closely associated with the Los Ballesteros workshop comes in a much bigger size. I had never seen a smaller example like this one before! Now mind you, it is not diminutive – but it is smaller and to a lot of people out there, easier to wear. So if you always coveted one of those bold pendants but shied away because of their … boldness, here is your opportunity to own a “miniature” (so to say!) version...

Mexican Deco silver and amethyst multi-row beaded Bracelet

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Rows of scrumptious, glistening repousse semi-spheres make up this Mexican Deco sterling silver hinged bracelet. If you follow One Good Eye Silver, you know that this is one of my absolute favorite designs from the period. I am obsessed with it and I look for good examples all the time even though it is becoming more and more difficult to come upon them. Of medium width, the example at hand has oxidized recesses and it is amethyst cabs that rest over the first layer of semi-spheres in the front “wing”. Securely clasped around the wrist with an old type yet very tight pin clasp, this is the kind of bracelet that will never fail to attract attention… Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1 3/8″ wide; 58.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage – I don’t even see any dings in...

Topazio Deco Portuguese 835 silver hinged Bracelet ~ harvest wheat motif

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Gorgeous silver hinged bangle bracelet signed by Topazio of Portugal featuring a repousse “harvest” motif with bunches of mature wheat in rectangular frames. Topazio bracelets are the best of the genre – their designs are crisp and register easily to the eye; the finishing is impeccable and their decorative motifs a joy to behold. I love the octagonal shape on the outer surface, the sense of Deco geometry it adds to the piece and the silky soft patina the bracelet has developed over its long life…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference; 1″ wide; 47.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed “TOPAZIO” and bearing hallmarks on the tab of the clasp for “835” purity; 1940s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with a lovely, crisp design, a warm, soft patina that enhances it and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#15003   Offered at $245.00 Contact...

Mexican Deco silver repousse Aztec Rose Cuff Bracelet

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Classic, early Mexican Deco silver repousse cuff, this is an anonymous yet very well crafted piece. There is an unspoken consensus that this type of bracelets is closely associated with the Mexico City workshops / retailers, the most famous among them being Maciel and Sanborn’s. Yet there was a considerable number of maestros making them and the variety in their size and decorative motifs is so rich, one usually happens upon an unexpected example when one least… expects it! With the cuff at hand, however, we stay within the confines of the so-called “iconic motif”, the “Aztec Rose”, well-loved and ever-present in Mexican jewelry of the 1920s-40s that betrayed a strong “folk” influence…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/16″ gap; relatively adjustable yet I would advise to have a jeweler re-shape...

masterful Doris Mexican Deco silver repousse floral Necklace

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One of the most interesting – and few – female figures of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Doris Smith Chamberlin was a Texas-born American who decided to move to Mexico in the 1940s to open her own workshop after having completed post-graduate studies in art and having taught woodworking, textile-making and silver-smithing for a few years in California (I am grateful to Decotini for the information). In Mexico City, where she settled, she created and sold her own designs but also commissioned work from the best Mexican maestros. Often signed “Corpus Artisans” alongside her own signature, Doris’s jewelry exhibits impeccable craftsmanship and finishing and inspired design. The floral necklace presented here illustrates, I believe, the previous statement in the most effective way. The repoussage is fleshy and bold yet doesn’t compromise the...