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Matl style Mexican silver and turquoise Bracelet

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Generous in size and carefully made with a nice selection of blue turquoise cabochons, this 1980s Mexican silver bracelet is obviously based on Matilde Poulat’s original designs. It is signed by a maker who was active in the pre-1980 period as well and whose quality Matl-style jewelry I am always on the look out for. Adorned with scrolling textured wire-work and beading the oblong links hold three channel-set turquoise each and their oxidation makes the blues in the stones pop. Imagine it against your tanned skin as you enjoy a drink by the sea…   Size/Weight: 8 1/4″ long (wearable) by 1 3/4″ wide; 74.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s registration code “MR-39” as well as “MEXICO 925”; 1980s Condition: excellent vintage with very good finishing and attention to detail, great color variation in the turquoise cabs that are all there...

classic Mexican Deco silver and turquoise mesh Necklace

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Generous in weight, very well made and with fantastic patina, this early Mexican Deco silver mesh necklace is adorned with bezel-set turquoise cabs and was probably made in Mexico City. There are three rows of flat chain woven together here, made of thick silver and glowing with the warmth that old sterling acquires when it has been loved and enjoyed with care. This specific design can be found signed by FarFan or “TNC”, a listed yet still unidentified maestro. Yet more often than not, it comes anonymous like the example at hand…   Size/Weight: 15 1/8″ long (wearable) by just shy of 1″ wide; 123.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MEXICO SILVER”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina (you can always polish a little, if you so desire), with beautiful color in the cabs that are all present and securely set in their bezels, with no...

luxurious Los Ballesteros Mexican silver and tiger’s eye Necklace

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A post-1948 Los Ballesteros Mexican silver and tiger’s eye necklace, this is a luxurious piece not only because of the ornate silver-work but also because of the colors in the stone cabs. There is something magical about tiger’s eye – the striations in the stone make the cabs look like feline eyes and the molten golden browns and caramels impart a sense of sweet warmth and abundance. Made out of thick silver, the links are perfectly finished and masterfully articulated so that the necklace sits around the neck like a dream…   Size/Weight: 16 1/4″ long (wearable); the triangular medallion is 2 3/4″ wide and adds a 2 3/8″ drop to the chain; 90.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with the Los Ballesteros conjoined initials as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING 925” and Eagle 47 assay mark; 1950s-70s...

Mexican Deco silver and turquoise repousse beaded hinged Bracelet

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On the heels of last night’s presentation a second Mexican Deco silver and turquoise multi-row beaded hinged bracelet. This one is wider than the previous, its semi-spheres a little smaller in diameter and it has three rows of turquoise cabs adorning the front “wing”. The color of the stones is a soft, soothing sage green, quite uniform and amazing against the patina the bracelet has developed over its long, undoubtedly interesting, life. A must-have for your collection of early 20th c. Mexican jewelry – wear it alone or be fearless and include it in a stack with similar pieces …   Size/Weight: just shy of 7″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1″ wide; 39.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “BGM” (listed, unidentified but a known creator of multi-row beaded bracelets like this) as well as “0.925 HECHO EN MEXICO...

Mexican Deco silver repousse multi-row hinged Bangle Bracelet with turquoise

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Classic and classy, this is the way to describe the vintage hinged bracelets like the one pictured here made in Mexico in the Deco years. I have mentioned elsewhere that I am almost obsessed with this design. It comes in various widths with row upon row of repousse semi-spheres, with the ones in the bracelet’s front also topped by bezel-set cabochons. I have seen them with turquoise, like here, as well as amethyst and some times even black onyx. Irresistible…   Size/Weight: just shy of 7″ in inner circumference (clasped) by 13/16″ wide; 34.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING” above a badly stamped “MADE IN MEXICO”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage, free of unsightly dings and dents which bracelets of this type usually come with, with all its stones present, in great shape and securely set in their bezels, having fantastic patina, no...

modernist Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver amethyst Necklace Earrings set

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A rarely seen Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver and amethyst necklace and earrings set in a modernist interpretation of a floral design, I have had similar pieces in the past but always anonymous or signed by “less celebrated” yet known maestros. I will put forth the suggestion that Ledesma might have been the design’s original creator not because he is one of the renowned Taxco designers but mostly because of the quality and attention to detail I see in this set that goes above and beyond the versions by other makers I have handled before…   Size/Weight: necklace is 16 3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; earrings are 1 1/2″ long by 5/8″ wide; 54.1 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with maker’s signature as shown as well as “SILVER 925” and Eagle 1 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with...