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Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Bracelet and Earrings set, des. no 5247

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Margot de Taxco’s des. no 5247 is a modernist “beaded wave” creation and presented here is a set comprised of bracelet and matching clip-on earrings. I will dare say that Margot did not delve too much into modernism but whenever she did it, the results were equally inspired and carefully crafted as the rest of her work. Here the sculptural quality of the undulating links is matched by the curves of the semi-spheres set within them in a channel that is both pierced and contained by a raised border. The design is mirrored in the earrings albeit slightly smaller in scale and with a simpler curve…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (clasped; very difficult to measure accurately but it might even feel a little roomier on the wrist); 7/8″ wide; earrings are 15/16″ long by just above 3/4″ wide; bracelet 57.3 grams / 11.8 grams earrings...

Antonio Pineda Mexican silver black onyx “crescents” Necklace

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Stunning Antonio Pineda Mexican modernist silver and black onyx necklace, this too is wrought in the maestro’s favorite fine, .970 alloy in a variation of his “crescents” design. There isn’t much one can say about Antonio jewelry, at least not more than a few good photos can say, but let me express my admiration for the magical way he articulates his creations so as to sit perfectly where they should and at the same time showcase the design’s sculpturality in the best possible light. I have to admit that I like this specific version of the “crescents” in necklace form more than his cascading bib. There is something solid, no jokes about it but it is also so mod and slick and elegant…   Size/Weight: approx. 15″ long (wearable; it is too difficult to measure accurately so I am judging based on how it sits around my neck) by 3/4″...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver peas in a pod modernist Bracelet

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Vintage Sigi Pineda Mexican silver “peas in a pod” bracelet, this is one of my favorite designs by the Taxco modernist. Wrought in sterling silver the links have been darkened with “metallic black” niello that sets the graduated sphere appliques off in the most dramatic way. The beads have actually been riveted onto the links – not just simply soldered on – and their brushed finish contrasts beautifully with the links’ smooth surface. Sigi Pineda was a prolific designer and this bracelet is one of his best moments…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 33.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Sigi’s signature in script as well as des. no 25 and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with its niello in very good shape, the rest of it having beautiful patina, with no damage or...

Los Castillo Mexican silver mozaico Azteca Necklace Earrings set

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In their “mozaico Azteca” jewelry line the Los Castillo primarily combined sterling silver with azur-malachite inlay yet from time to time one stumbles upon a less often encountered piece in which high quality “peacock” abalone was used for the “mosaic”. This assembled demi comprised of necklace and earrings fits the last category – and it is perfect in its bare bones approach to design! Both components of the set stride the divide between late Deco and early modernism with their angularity and minimalism, the latter belied just a little by the playfulness of the flat bead adorning each earring…   Size/Weight: 15 5/8″ long (wearable) by 1/2″ wide and 52.0 grams for the necklace; earrings are 3/4″ wide by 5/8″ tall and 6.2 grams; total set weight 58.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name as shown...

Los Ballesteros Mexican silver hinged Bracelet with simulated alexandrite gems

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Masters of the hinged bangle bracelet, the Los Ballesteros workshop created some of the most amazing designs I have seen in that form. Usually impressive in size and weight, they house beautifully cut gems or polished hard-stones and the can range from complex to absolutely minimalist. The “three gems and beading” bracelet I am presenting here I have sold in the past and am elated to have found another one. The gems are synthetic corundum, otherwise known as color-change sapphire, and quite often also referred to as simulated alexandrites because they change color under different light conditions. Please note the hefty crown settings, the flat beading around the gems enhanced by shadowbox oxidation and the magnificent, silky patina the piece has developed over the years…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped); gems station is approx. 2 3/4″ long;...