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6″ Mexican Deco silver and turquoise quetzal Pin Brooch

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massive Castelan Mexican Deco silver mesh buckle Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

There are buckle bracelets and then, there are BUCKLE BRACELETS! And a spectacular Mexican Deco specimen of the latter I am proud to be presenting here. Honestly, however, all the aaahs and ooohs aside, this is one of the most glamorous mesh jewelry I have encountered even though its design elements are few and quite simple, if one thinks about it. Extra wide and finely woven, the sterling mesh is flexible and comfortably wraps around the wrist. The buckle itself is smooth and glows with the warm patina of age and it fastens in four different locations so the bracelet can easily accommodate wrists of all sizes. I was surprised to find the signature of Castelan, a Mexico City maestro, on it as I have not seen many pieces by him and the ones I did have in the past were smaller, silver and enamel pins and earrings. A real treasure…   Size / Weight: wearable length adjustable between...

Avila de la Borda Mexican Deco silver turquoise Bracelet

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Fifteen years or so ago, we didn’t know that the signature seen on this bracelet belonged to Avila de la Borda – until a fellow dealer came upon a jewelry box that showed both the hallmark and the workshop’s full name. Though we still don’t know much about it, we do know it was located in Mexico City and was probably making silverware in addition to jewelry. What we have, however, is examples of their very good workmanship and careful design. In the bracelet at hand, stylized double tulip links wrought en repoussage hold bezel-set turquoise cabochons and wrap around the wrist in the most comfortable, soft way…   Size / Weight: 7″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at about 7 1/2″) by 1″ wide; 39.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: workshop’s logo as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO SILVER”; pre-1948...

1940s Mexican silver multi-stone modernist Bracelet

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Cheerful, colorful Mexican mod sterling silver bracelet in a design associated with the Los Castillo workshop and often referred to as “hands and stones”. Signed here by a listed yet still unidentified early Mexico City maestro, the bracelet features richly colored amethyst, golden sheen obsidian, agates in mottled beige and green as well as pink, orange and sky blue quartz. Comfortable and soothing around the wrist, it is a definite pick-me-up and don’t we all need some of that in our current predicament?   Size / Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable) by approx. 5/8″ wide; 47.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “JV” as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO D.F.” and “925”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with a fantastic array of colors in the stones, great patina, no damage and no repairs noted Inv.#14589 Offered at...

Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver modernist Bracelet with obsidian

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One of my favorite – and at the same time classic – Enrique Ledesma designs the bracelet at hand combines sterling silver and golden sheen obsidian in the maestro’s characteristic, perfectly seamless way. Ledesma experimented with various stones creating the specific bracelet but I think this year is meant to be an “obsidian year” for me and I will say that I love this version. Difficult to carve since it is a volcanic form of glass, obsidian has to be worked by skilled, masterful lapidaries to prevent it from chipping and breaking when it’s being worked on but the shimmering silvery gold depths it reveals when the light hits it are worth the trouble and the extra effort…   Size / Weight: 7 1/8″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 36.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Ledesma’s signature as shown as well as...