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Maricela Isidro Pina Mexican 950 silver story telling Bracelet

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Early Taxco Deco “story-telling” bracelet bearing Isidro Pina’s “Maricela” signature this is a classic example of the genre which seems to have been very popular with visitors to Mexico in the 1930s and ’40s. Mexican “story-telling” jewelry is usually comprised of figural panels, most often than not wrought in overlay, each one featuring an iconic plant or animal as well as stereotypical representations of local every day life. Made by both anonymous and well known designers like Victoria, Damaso Gallegos and, as in our case, Isidro Pina, “story-telling” jewelry can be found in a variety of materials and qualities. Made out of high purity, .950 silver alloy, this Maricela example has all the bells and whistles that make Pina’s creations sought after by collectors. Thick silver sheet forms each panel, the figural overlays...

monumental Mexican Deco silver carved amethyst mask Pin Brooch

By in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches |

“Masks” are a fundamental design in vintage Mexican jewelry, especially the ones from the so-called “archaeological” period of the Deco years. Carved out of stone or made of molded glass, wrought in silver en repoussage or in overlay, they came to be associated with Mexico and its 20th c. Silver Renaissance. Yet there are “masks” and then, there are “MASKS”! The brooch at hand, signed by a listed but still unidentified maestro, develops around one of the latter. Beautifully and crisply carved out of deep purple amethyst, it is nested in a monumental setting that affords it a spectacular repousse headdress and collar necklace with teardrop amethyst dangles. I don’t know if one could go further overboard – I will just let the photos say the rest…   Size/Weight: 4 3/4″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide; 49.0 grams Hallmarks /...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Viking dragon ship Pin Brooch, des. no 5131

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An adventurer in design and a dreamer, Margot de Taxco kept wide open horizons when it came to creative inspiration. Her jewelry betrays the mental and physical journeys she undertook as motifs from Japan and China, Scandinavia, ancient Rome and Egypt were added to the incredible richness of Maya and Aztec iconography. This Viking dragon ship brooch is an example of those journeys that does not come up very often. Endearingly “caricaturesque”, it is crafted of thick sterling silver sheet and exhibits seamless overlay and deep hand-chased details…   Size/Weight: 2 3/4″ tall by just shy of 2 1/8″ wide; 19.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Margot’s name as well as “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING”, Eagle 16 assay mark and des. no 5131; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, a fun design, good weight and size and no...

31.25″ Mexican Deco silver and caged stones Necklace ~ fall colors

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Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver copper dangle Earrings ~ Aguilar design

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

Matching the modernist bracelet that is also available on my site (you can get a glimpse of it in one of the photos above) this set of mixed metals Jose Luis Flores dangle earrings is based on an Aguilar design. Seamlessly articulated with hidden rivets the three oval disks that form each earring are cut out of sheets with good thickness and have acquired a warmly glowing patina over their long life. Easy to wear and quite contemporary in their look, they were converted from screw-backs to posts at some point so Flores’s signature is gone. I have, however, added photos of the hallmarks on the matching bracelet and of the set together to support the attribution…   Size/Weight: 1 1/2″ long by 11/16″ wide; 15.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: “.925 MEXICO”; no maker’s initials (they were probably on the original screw-backs that were...