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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...

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...