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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst beaded hinged Bracelet

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An iconic Mexican Deco bracelet design, usually not signed for maker like here, beaded and jeweled pieces as the fantastic example at hand are becoming quite difficult to find any more. Four rows of silver semi-spheres form the bracelet’s two wings with two rows of amethyst cabs overlaid in the front on either side of the hidden clasp, which is accented by three big stones. A lot of work went into the crafting of these pieces and even though the maestro who created the bracelet at hand remains anonymous to us, his mastery over his art will always be evident…   Size/Weight: 6  3/4″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1  5/8″ at center front and 1″; 52.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with deep patina especially in the front and on the inner surfaces (you can easily give it...

modernist Mexican silver figural Pin Brooch in a Ledesma for Los Castillo design

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With a distinctly modernist twist to what seems to be a figure derived from Mexico’s pre-Colombian history, this vintage Taxco silver brooch is based on a design that can also be found with the Los Castillo signature. I believe that in fact, it was created for them by Enrique Ledesma during the time the latter worked in their taller. The example at hand is made by a different, listed yet still largely unknown to us, Taxco maestro. I am especially attracted to the intense, almost exaggerated facial features, the highly stylized rendition of the arms and the overall “otherworldliness” of the figure…   Size/Weight: 2  3/4″ long by 1  3/8″ wide; 13.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “CD” as shown as well as “STERLING TAXCO 925”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with a silky, glowing patina, very nicely made, with...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver and jasper Ring, Taxco modernist design

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A rather rare Sigi Pineda ring, this is a bold, generously proportioned piece that combines sterling silver and stone, I believe jasper or some kind of agate. Dramatic angles and overlapping layers combine to create a striking modernist design – the color of the stone, however, milk chocolate brown with specs of black, is my favorite element here. I also find the open shank construction quite clever since you can adjust the ring’s size according to need…   Size/Weight: sz 6 (adjustable); face is 1 3/4″ by 1/2″; 9.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown above “Tasco” as well as Eagle 3 assay mark; 1960s Condition: very good vintage, quite a statement-making piece with generous proportions, great patina and an adjustable shank; there is a very very small pop off the matrix at the tip of the stone that is literally negligible;...

M. Velazquez Mexican Deco silver Necklace ~ Matl style repousse

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One of the most accomplished Mexican silversmiths who excelled in the Mexico City style repousse, M. Velazquez is largely “unknown” to us with the exception of his hallmarks and the quality of his work. As an early maestro who definitely belongs in the same school that Matilde Poulat is associated with, Velazquez created earthy, fleshy jewelry steeped in the country’s rich folk tradition. Many of his works are based on Matl designs and the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail and materials they exhibit elevated them to sought after alternatives for Poulat’s more difficult to find and more expensive pieces. Yet I would be remiss if I didn’t say that Velazquez’s own design genius has justifiably secured him a prominent position in the pantheon of Mexico’s early 20th c. Silver Renaissance… PS: The bracelet accompanying  the...

Miguel Melendez Mexican silver Necklace ~ Taxco modernist alexandrites cluster

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Classically elegant with its free-flowing, minimalist mod lines this necklace showcases the expertise that Miguel Melendez acquired during the long years he spent working for Spratling, the Los Castillo family and Margot de Taxco, whose taller he ended up managing. Made of sterling silver adorned with faceted simulated alexandrites (in fact, color-change corundum) the necklace is a veritable eye-catcher. The stones are big, open-backed and hand-prong set. They mimic natural alexandrites in that they change color under different light conditions – traveling from an almost burgundy amethyst to steely purple. Fantastic design and impeccable execution…   Size/Weight: very comfortable 15″ long (wearable; could even be 15 1/4″ or 15 1/2″ due to the dip just above the triple dangle); dangle station itself is 1 1/2″ wide and adds a 2 3/8″ drop to the...

rare La Joya Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet

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A stunner of a bracelet, this early Mexican Deco beauty is signed by La Joya, a maker whose pieces do not come up very often but is known to have worked in the early part of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. I suspect that they might have been based in Taxco – the style is definitely reminiscent of jewelry produced there – but more research needs to be done before we can say for sure. What is more than obvious though is the high level of craftsmanship, the impeccable attention to detail and the regal presence of the bracelet at hand. Old type of clasp with a sturdy pin holding the two wings together, great patina that accentuates the geometric overlay and luscious, big amethyst cabs with clouding and inclusions – just magical…   Size/Weight: 6  5/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1  5/8″ wide; 119.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s...