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bold Los Ballesteros Mexican silver stone “mask” Ring

on Jul 25, 2020 in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings

It is not easy to stumble upon a vintage Los Ballesteros carved “mask” ring but when one does find an example, what a feast it is! There is nothing “timid” about this piece. The philosophy here is big, bold and beautiful and I believe that the Los Ballesteros workshop accomplished all this monumentality in the most amazing, masterful, and eye-pleasing way. The “mask” is here carved out of a dark green agate, I believe, with grayish white specs in it. Closed eyes, a slightly curved nose and full lips rest under the weight of an impressive headdress adorned with beading, a row of dimpled dots above the brow and a series of little silver arches at the very top. Powerful…

 

Size / Weight: sz 7.5 US (resizable by your jeweler); face is 1 3/8″ N-S and 1 1/8″ E-W; 3/4″ rise; 19.6 grams

Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with maker’s logo as shown as well as “STERLING 925”, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and Eagle 47 assay mark; 1950s-70s

Condition: very good vintage with a beautiful stone and nice carving, impressive presence and great patina; there is no damage or any repairs noted except for a very small nick on the underside of the upper lip; it is not noticeable to the naked eye and does not offend at all

Inv.#15122

SOLD – Thank you!

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