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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;...

rare Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver malachite Olmec mask Pin Brooch

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It is a rare occurrence to find a Fred Davis brooch that is inspired by Olmec art and I am thrilled to be presenting this example here. Set in a classically Deco, tiered sterling frame, the “mask” is carved out of malachite that is left unpolished, and fit in its bezel with a band across the forehead keeping it securely in place. The stone has beautiful striations and as you can see, it also had a natural fissure in it that has popped revealing some of the black inclusions in the malachite. Though visible, it bestows the brooch the aura of ancient treasures unearthed after centuries of being hidden from sight rather than mar its serenely austere beauty…   Size/Weight: 1 7/8″ wide by 1 1/4″ tall; 17.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with Fred Davis’s conjoined initials as well as “SILVER” and “MADE IN...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver and three pearls modernist Ring

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Antonio Pineda’s fine silver and pearl jewelry are among my most favorite by the renowned Taxco designer. I consider pearls to be the epitome of elegance and when they adorn modernist settings, they magically bequeath some of that timeless classy luster to their minimalist frame. There are three pearls here, graduated in size, nested closely together against an oxidized channel that makes their soft glistening more pronounced. Perfection…   Size/Weight: sz 7.75 US (could be resized if you don’t mind losing part of the hallmarks yet not the Antonio crown); face is 7/8″ by 5/16″ at its widest; 11.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with Antonio’s crown as shown as well as “970”, “HECHO EN MEXICO”, and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful glowing color in the pearls, their nacre intact, nice...

6″ Reveriano Castillo Reveri Mexican silver centipede Pin Brooch

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Los Ballesteros Mexican silver Pendant Necklace with carved azurite mask

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Set in a substantial “honeycomb” sterling silver frame the “mask” in this vintage Los Ballesteros pendant is carved out of azurite and like all Mexican “masks” of this type seems as if withdrawn to a different plane of existence. I have had a few pendants by this specific workshop in my years of dealing in Taxco jewelry and it is my experience that the “masks” are always different, even if ever so slightly. What remains a constant is the quality and heft of the silver work housing them and the imposing presence the pendants command not only because of their proportions but also due to the cleverly applied oxidation which enhances their three-dimensional quality. The example at hand is paired with a hand-made double rolo chain; of the same period as the pendant yet made by a different Taxco maestro it is a find in itself…  ...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse Bracelet ~ double Taxco fern fronds

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If you follow “One Good Eye Silver”, chances are you know by now that Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite Taxco maestros. Like the sterling silver bracelet at hand, many of his jewelry is based on Margot de Taxco and / or Los Castillo designs so I am thinking that he probably worked for either one or even both of those workshops. His mastery over the art of repoussage, his attention to detail and his impeccable finishing lend to his creations an aura that is comparable to that of the jewelry by his more famous contemporaries. I like to refer to this piece as the “double fern frond” bracelet and if I am not mistaken, it is based on a Margot original that does not come up very often. Generously wide yet not overwhelming, it is elegant, different and a pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable) by 1 5/8″ wide; 41.9 grams...