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big Mexican Deco silver double hoop dangle Earrings

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Made in Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s silversmithing centers, this Deco pair of dangle earrings is big, bold and beautiful! There is a Spanish Colonial air about it with its hoop-in-hoop design made up of swirls, beading and twist-rope that have been oxidized for depth and drama. What I particularly love about the pair, however, are the repousse flowers that cover the front of the screw-back findings. Did you notice that they are not identical? Yet this is not an assembled set – the two earrings belong together and were made as a pair. These differences, some smaller relating to size, for example; others a little more serious, like the different types of flower-shaped components used here, define the uniqueness of Mexico’s hand-made jewelry production of the period and speak volumes about the conditions under which the maestros worked…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″...

massive Casa Prieto Mexican silver jaguar Bracelet with turquoise

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Based in Mexico City, Casa Prieto is an early name in the story of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance yet we don’t really know much about them. Their output varies in originality, proportions and craftsmanship yet when one catches them at their best moment, the encounter is more than noteworthy! The spectacular bracelet presented here is without any doubt one of those moments. Massive in size, it is wrought out of heavy gauge silver sheet than has been hand-cut to create figural panels, oxidized and adorned with wirework and gorgeous turquoise cabs set in bezels. Representing one of the Aztec elite military bodies, the leopard featured in the two larger links seems alert to its surroundings, its tail curling dramatically, the spots on its body and its mane meticulously chased. Superb, rare and worthy of the best collection…   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner...

vintage Mexican silver Taxco serpents by pass Ring

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Resembling miniature clamper bracelets and almost always crafted using similar designs by pass rings fascinate me! All this detail in such a small space is definitely a feat of the Taxco maestro and the fact that they are adjustable makes them even more attractive. It occurred to me recently that by pass rings could be construed as another version of the “toi et moi” rings, the first example of which seems to have been offered by Napoleon to Josephine at the end of the 18th c.. Not as “delicately romantic” as their European counterparts, Mexican by pass rings are statement makers, bold and beautiful and not for the faint of heart. The juxtaposed serpents adorning the example at hand, universal symbols of fertility and the power of life and regeneration, have been magnificently rendered, their detail enhanced by the patina of time and the love of their previous...

multi-row Mexican Deco repousse silver and amethyst beaded hinged Bracelet

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  Vividly colored, with fantastic patina, this vintage Deco Mexican silver and amethyst bracelet is a hinged piece and quite the treat! I am very partial to this form of jewelry. I call them hinged bangles because they do wear like a bangle but you don’t have to squeeze your hand through them thanks to the luxury of their hinged construction. And the ones like this, with their row after row of repoussse semi-spheres topped with bezel-set stones are a special treasure. In our case, the cabs are amethysts and, at a bigger size, they hide the clasp that is in the bracelet’s front…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 1/2″ at center front and 1″; 50.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition: very good vintage with great patina, beautiful stones with strong color that sit...

34″ long Mexican Deco silver caged tumbled amethyst Chain Necklace

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vintage Mexican Art moderne silver 3-strand Necklace

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Slick and a pleasure to wear this vintage Mexican silver 3-strand necklace strides the divide between Deco and Art Moderne jewelry. The thick chain it’s made of falls like heavy silk around the neck and its touch feels pleasantly familiar on the skin. There is nothing I don’t love about it in its less-is-more glory. I will leave the rest to the images…   Size/Weight: 16 3/8″ long (wearable); 3/4″ at its widest; 68.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with a classic elegance that never goes out of style, great patina and weight, with no damage or repairs noted   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...