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Los Ballesteros Mexican silver hinged Bracelet ~ Taxco brutalist design

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In the last year or so it seems that I have been really after the quite often monumental Los Ballesteros hinged bangle bracelets. I am fatally attracted to their amazing proportions, the variety of hard stones and gems that adorn them, the fact that these pieces are a hybrid between bangles and link bracelets and, last but not least, their presence that never goes unnoticed. The piece I am presenting here, albeit belonging to the sub-genre I just described, is interestingly different in its “simplicity”. No stones, no gems, no crown settings – just a heavily oxidized basic hinged bangle that is encrusted with “figure eight / infinity”, stylized heart and other geometric wire-work ornamentation. Dare I say that it has a brutalist air about it?   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped; 2 1/4″ inner diameter); just shy of 1″ wide;...

Peruzzi style Italian Deco 800 silver North Wind Pendant Necklace, ornate chain with beads

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A beautifully made Italian Deco 800 silver pendant necklace in the style associated with the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros, this is an anonymous beauty yet its high quality and very good finishing attest to its makers prowess in the art of jewelry making. The long, ornate chain is made up of alternating floral and fleur-de-lis links that are interrupted by faceted black glass beads. The same beads dangle off the crisply cast pendant with the face of the North Wind (sometimes also called the Green Man) surrounded by beading and unfurling stylized leaves and feather motifs. Attached to the chain with a big spring ring, it is easy to disconnect it and enjoy the chain alone or pair it with another pendant of the same genre…   Size/Weight: chain is 31 1/2″ long by 3/8″ wide (width of the fleur-de-lis links); pendant is 4 1/4″ long by 2″ wide and adds a 4 1/2″...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver and obsidian 2-strand bead Necklace

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Among Taxco’s classiest designs, Sigi Pineda’s brushed silver bead necklaces come in single or multiple strands and if one is lucky enough, one can bump into the sets that include removable sterling clasps adorned with polished golden sheen obsidian. The full necklace set of that specific design includes four strands of beads in graduated lengths and two clasps. The biggest can hold up to four lstrands and can be worn by itself as a brooch or pendant. The smaller is the one shown here with two strands and it’s a sweet-heart! I love the textured surface of the silver “pearls”, all strung on sterling chain, and the golden brown depths of the obsidian. You can easily enjoy it with the clasp on the back or on the side as I have tried to show in the photos. Either way, the necklace will keep its place and look stunning…   Size/Weight: 16 1/8″ long...

Mexican Deco silver repousse masquette with female figures Cuff Bracelet

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Classic Mexican Deco silver repousse “masquette” cuff bracelet in the style associated with Maciel and Sanborn’s, this is an unsigned piece and it is quite unusual in its ornamentation. Though the carved “jade” (dyed calcite) mask set at center front is quite often found in this type of jewelry, what is rare is the full-size female figures that flank the stone. This is a very folky representation of a woman wearing a long dress and holding leaves and tendrils (could they be snakes?) in her hands. Evocative of Matilde Poulat’s earthy designs accentuated by stippling, chasing and oxidation the repousse motifs that cover the cuff’s surface are strong and eye-catching…   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/4″ gap; this is made of silver sheet with good thickness so I wouldn’t advise trying to adjust it...

Miguel Martinez for Rancho Alegre Mexican silver modernist Pendant Necklace

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“Happy” Miguel Martinez modernist silver pendant necklace that the maestro created for Rancho Alegre, this is a piece generous in proportions and reveals – at least to me! – another facet of its creator’s rich personality. I have written before that Martinez is one of those Taxco modernists that collectors should zoom into. His talent is unbelievable not only in creating perfectly finished jewelry but also in working with gems and developing for them the most amazing settings. In the pendant necklace at hand, he tries his hand in a style that is closer to Ledesma’s vernacular yet the creature’s smiling face is so different. Please note that the pendant can be taken off the chain so you can easily combine the latter with another of your treasures…   Size/Weight: 22″ long (for the chain); pendant is 2 5/8″ tall by 2 1/8″...

Mary Gage Arts and Crafts silver and carved Chinese jade Ring

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Matching the cuff bracelet that is also available in my store an American Arts and Crafts silver and jade ring by Mary Gage. Delicate lilypads with hand-chased veins and tiny little beading surround the antique Chinese carved bead that takes center stage here. A signature motif for Mary Gage, lilypads show up in her jewelry very often; in the ring I am presenting they have acquired a deep patina that renders them three-dimensional and evoke romantic images of tranquil, misty ponds. Simply beautiful…   Size/Weight: sz 6 (easily re-sizable by your jeweler); face is 3/4″ in diameter; ring has a 5/8″ rise; 6.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed (which is not unusual) but a Mary Gage piece with no doubt; the matching cuff bracelet is fully signed and I have uploaded photos of the two pieces together as well as of the bracelet’s signature; 1920s-40s Condition:...