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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst foliate Necklace

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Surprisingly comfortable in length for a vintage Mexican necklace of this period, this sterling silver and amethyst foliate beauty dates in the pre-1948 period. There is something very powerful in the meticulously (albeit with a certain endearing naivete) hand-cut and chased leaf motifs prevalent in the design. Maybe it’s the leaves’ serrated edges; maybe it’s the confident way they combine with the beading and amethyst cabs to form the necklace’s central station. Be that as it may, what we have here is an excellent – and rare in its design – early Mexican Deco delight…   Size / Weight: 17 1/4″ long (wearable; length can also be adjusted downwards); central station is 3″ wide with a drop of 2″; width at the chain is 3/4″; 40.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with strong presence, nice patina and an interesting foliate...

Deco Mexican silver repousse Dragons Necklace and Earrings set ~ Los Castillo design

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Based on the Los Castillo “Chinese Dragons” design which was most probably created by Margot de Taxco during her “Far Eastern” period, the necklace and earrings set at hand is not signed for maker yet exhibits the careful, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail for which jewelry from that period is know and sought after. Unusually long the necklace is perfect for those of us who love Mexican Deco jewelry but not necessarily chokers while the earrings are guaranteed to add that “dragon lady” mystique to an otherwise ordinary day! Very good detail, careful finishing and great patina that accentuates the already oxidized recesses in the repoussage and renders the demi more sculptural…   Size/Weight: 21″ long (you could easily have it taken down to 18″ by removing one link on either side); central “dragons”...

1940s Hector Aguilar Mexican silver floral Pin Brooch

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Big and beautifully aged this floral sterling silver Hector Aguilar brooch is representative of the 1940s’ love affair with all motifs from nature. The flower is here layered, with deep hand-chased details in the petals and foliage, a strong curving stem and a cluster of small beads right at its center. I love the way the bloom is wide open, its face turned to the sun, taking in light and heat and turning it to color, aromas and beauty for our visual enjoyment…   Size / Weight: 3 1/4″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide; 21.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks that dates it in the 1940-45 period Condition: excellent vintage with patina that hasn’t been disturbed in years (you can always polish to a higher sheen), sculptural and perfectly finished, with no damage or repairs noted – an Aguilar classic! Inv.#14769  ...

Flli Coppini Italian 800 silver cross Pendant Necklace ~ Renaissance Revival

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One of the two most famous and sought after names in the field of early 20th c. Italian Renaissance Revival jewelry, the Coppini Bros were based in Florence and have been active in jewelry making since 1740. The hallmarks and quality of the casting in this cross pendant necklace date it, I believe, in the opening decades of the 20 c., a time during which Coppini creations were favored by American travelers as mementos of their Grand Tour. Generous in size, with its original chain comprised of stylized floral links, the pendant necklace seems to have been gilded initially – traces of the gold plating are just registering to the naked eye (under the studio lights and through the macro lens they become more obvious). Yet I prefer the set as it is today, with the ghost of mellowed gilding bestowing upon the 800 silver a glow that bespeaks its long, no doubt rich, life…  ...

Los Ballesteros Mexican silver sunburst Pendant Necklace with sapphire

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When it comes to impressive pendant necklaces with a distinct “ethnic” twist, the Los Ballesteros signature is what one has to look for within the field of vintage Mexican silver. Their designs are amazing not just for their proportions but also for their quality of materials and impeccable craftsmanship. This sunburst example with color-change sapphire (synthetic corundum) hanging off the hand-made sterling chain of the same vintage I have had several times in the past but I never tire of it. There are always small variations, in size, in the choice of gemstone, in the decision on whether to adorn the bail or not. Yet the result is always fabulous – and therein lies the workshop’s caliber…   Size / Weight: pendant is 2 7/8″ in diameter (without the bail); with the bail it adds a 3 3/4″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 28″ long;...

Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver and three gems hinged Bracelet

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A true maestro when it comes to combining silver with faceted, brilliant gems Enrique Ledesma is the creator of this modernist Mexican hinged bangle bracelet. Ledesma set three color-change sapphires against a glistening sterling frame here but I have also had one or two similar pieces in which the silver had been oxidized. Held in place with prongs, the stones are open-backed allowing the light to play its luminous games and coax different colors out of the stones. I love the geometry of the bracelet itself, the deep valley running its length at mid-width turning the surfaces into mirrors that enhance the sapphires’ beauty…   Size / Weight: 6 5/8″ inner circumference; width between 1 3/8″ and 1/2″; 55.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “TAXCO 925” and Eagle 3 assay mark;...