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monumental Mexican Deco silver carved amethyst mask Pin Brooch

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“Masks” are a fundamental design in vintage Mexican jewelry, especially the ones from the so-called “archaeological” period of the Deco years. Carved out of stone or made of molded glass, wrought in silver en repoussage or in overlay, they came to be associated with Mexico and its 20th c. Silver Renaissance. Yet there are “masks” and then, there are “MASKS”! The brooch at hand, signed by a listed but still unidentified maestro, develops around one of the latter. Beautifully and crisply carved out of deep purple amethyst, it is nested in a monumental setting that affords it a spectacular repousse headdress and collar necklace with teardrop amethyst dangles. I don’t know if one could go further overboard – I will just let the photos say the rest…   Size/Weight: 4 3/4″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide; 49.0 grams Hallmarks /...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Viking dragon ship Pin Brooch, des. no 5131

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An adventurer in design and a dreamer, Margot de Taxco kept wide open horizons when it came to creative inspiration. Her jewelry betrays the mental and physical journeys she undertook as motifs from Japan and China, Scandinavia, ancient Rome and Egypt were added to the incredible richness of Maya and Aztec iconography. This Viking dragon ship brooch is an example of those journeys that does not come up very often. Endearingly “caricaturesque”, it is crafted of thick sterling silver sheet and exhibits seamless overlay and deep hand-chased details…   Size/Weight: 2 3/4″ tall by just shy of 2 1/8″ wide; 19.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Margot’s name as well as “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING”, Eagle 16 assay mark and des. no 5131; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, a fun design, good weight and size and no...

31.25″ Mexican Deco silver and caged stones Necklace ~ fall colors

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Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver copper dangle Earrings ~ Aguilar design

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Matching the modernist bracelet that is also available on my site (you can get a glimpse of it in one of the photos above) this set of mixed metals Jose Luis Flores dangle earrings is based on an Aguilar design. Seamlessly articulated with hidden rivets the three oval disks that form each earring are cut out of sheets with good thickness and have acquired a warmly glowing patina over their long life. Easy to wear and quite contemporary in their look, they were converted from screw-backs to posts at some point so Flores’s signature is gone. I have, however, added photos of the hallmarks on the matching bracelet and of the set together to support the attribution…   Size/Weight: 1 1/2″ long by 11/16″ wide; 15.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: “.925 MEXICO”; no maker’s initials (they were probably on the original screw-backs that were...

extra wide L.S. Mexican silver foliate by pass Ring

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I have always thought of Mexican by pass ring as miniature clamper bracelets – they are almost always wrought in the same designs that their … adult counterparts can be found and quite often made by the same maestros as well. The example here, generously wide and definitely one of the best of its kind, is signed by L.S., a Taxco maestro known for his clampers and his prowess in the art of repoussage. The ring’s foliate decoration is crisp and quite pronounced, its three-dimensionality enhanced with clever oxidation in the recessed surfaces. Stunning…   Size/Weight: sz 8.75 US (relatively adjustable upwards yet I would advise caution as to not damage the ring); face is 1 3/4″ by 7/8″; 8.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’ s initials “L.S.” as well as “STERLING MEXICO TAXCO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition:...

extra long ornate Mexican silver Dangle Earrings

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It’s been a very long time since I last came upon a set of Mexican silver earrings in this specific design and I am thrilled to have finally found one! Exquisitely ornate “ribbon-work” that twists and turns, loops in on itself and creates little tendrils here and there forms each earring’s body. And as if that is not enough the pair is enhanced with playful mini spearhead dangles. A sterling “labyrinth” hanging off your ears…   Size/Weight: 3 3/4″ long by 1 3/8″ wide; 12.7 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “MMC” as well as “TAXCO MEXICO 925” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with amazing length yet light and easy to wear, with great patina (you can always polish a little) and no damage or repairs noted except for the fact that the set was converted to...