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Mexican Deco neo-Aztec silver Corn Goddess Necklace

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Rare Mexican Deco silver repousse figural necklace, its five graduated links featuring what I believe to be a neo-Aztec interpretation of Cinteotl, one of the three goddesses of corn and fertility. Bare-breasted and kneeling in a corn field, holding in her hands an ear of maize and adorned with earrings and a pendant necklace, it is in fact two different figures that we are looking at; while the bodies and what surrounds them is the same, the jewelry and the faces themselves are different. I have had this specific design in bracelet form in the past but have never seen it in this configuration and as a necklace. The repoussage is expertly done, the oxidation strategically applied as to intensify each panel’s sculpturality, and the chain has the look of Pedro Castillo chains but it not as heavy thanks to its hollow semi-spheres…   Size / Weight: 17 1/2″ long (wearable;...

classic Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and turquoise Bracelet

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Classic Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and turquoise bracelet in a design that is considered an iconic creation for the renowned designer, especially in this combination of materials. A row of repousse florets with stone hearts comfortably hugs the wrist and conforms to its movements freely. The turquoise cabs have developed an interesting variation of hues over the years which, in combination for the warmly glowing patina, adds character and a certain “life experience” to the bracelet. Need I say more?   Size / Weight: 7 1/4″ long (wearable) by 9/16″ wide; 31.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “SILVER MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, great color in the turquoise cabs which are all securely set in their bezels with no problems, easy to wear, with no damage and no...

rare Mexican silver and stone Pin Brooch ~ WWII US Army officer’s visor cap

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One of the pieces that were made around WWII, I believe, this Mexican silver and carved dyed calcite brooch is such a find! Shaped like a US Army officer’s visor cap, complete with the appropriate insignia, it recounts part of the relationship the two countries had during those difficult times albeit in its jewelry version. The fact is that during WWII and due to the restrictions on the availability of metals which were dedicated to the war effort, many US jewelry manufacturers and big retailers had their jewelry made in Mexico. Coro had whole lines crafted at Hector Aguilar’s workshop; Marcel Boucher’s “Parisina” line was also made in Mexico; and it is said that Spratling was commissioned to produce dogtags for the American soldiers…   Size / Weight: 2″ wide by 1 3/8″ tall; 29.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MADE IN MEXICO”; not...

Casa Prieto Mexican silver and amethyst Pin Brooch ~ swallow and heart

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Swallows hold within their slender, elegant little bodies tender memories of my childhood in Greece – they are considered the most important harbingers of spring and symbolize regeneration, hope and the assurance that sun-filled days will always follow the darkest hours of winter. For the Victorians, they represented faithfulness and the promise of a loved-one’s return and as a motif, they were widely used in sentimental jewelry. This stunning Mexican Deco silver repousse version captures the bird at mid-flight, its bifurcated tail and extended wings helping it ride the winds to deliver the love token it carries. And what a statement that heart-shaped charm with its amethyst cabochon makes…   Size / Weight: 3 1/2″ beak to tail; 3 3/8″ wing span; heart token adds a 3/4″ drop and is 1/2″ wide; 22.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: “CASA...

Flli Peruzzi Italian Deco 800 silver cimaruta Pin / Pendant with long Roma Chain Necklace

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Ancient cimaruta amulets are near impossible to find so the ones made by the Peruzzi and Coppini silversmithing houses of Florence, Italy in the first decades of the 20th c. are the next best alternative. Highly sought after and made in limited numbers, even those Deco copies are becoming increasingly difficult to find. It is then understandable that I am thrilled to be presenting this combination pin/pendant here with a matching “Roma” chain signed by the Peruzzi Bros.. Made in the 1920s-30s as is indicated by the .800 alloy used and the crispness of the casting, it is an exquisite find and such a versatile treasure – wear it as presented, wear it as a brooch or wear the chain alone though it can easily be paired with one of your other vintage Italian pendants as well…   Size / Weight: pin/pendant is 2 5/8″ tall by 2 3/8″ wide; chain is 30″...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver “mixed metals” figural Pin Brooch

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Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite Taxco maestros. I believe his talent and workmanship to have been of the same caliber as that of his more famous contemporaries and I am always on the look out for his jewelry. Based on his work, I believe that he must have worked for at least the Los Castillo and/or Margot de Taxco and his prowess in the art of repoussage supports the hypothesis. But he didn’t limit himself to the more “straightforward” kind of silversmithing – I have had enameled pieces by him in the past and today, I am presenting a fantastic “metales casados” (mixed metals) brooch. Just look at this treasure: on the back, it looks as clean and stunning as in the front! This is one of the “cleanest”, neatest, most seamless examples of this difficult technique I have ever seen. I will leave the rest to the photos…   Size/Weight:...