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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst multi-row beaded Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Rows of scrumptious, glistening repousse semi-spheres make up this Mexican Deco sterling silver hinged bracelet. If you follow One Good Eye Silver, you know that this is one of my absolute favorite designs from the period. I am obsessed with it and I look for good examples all the time even though it is becoming more and more difficult to come upon them. Of medium width, the example at hand has oxidized recesses and it is amethyst cabs that rest over the first layer of semi-spheres in the front “wing”. Securely clasped around the wrist with an old type yet very tight pin clasp, this is the kind of bracelet that will never fail to attract attention… Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1 3/8″ wide; 58.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage – I don’t even see any dings in...

Topazio Deco Portuguese 835 silver hinged Bracelet ~ harvest wheat motif

By in Bracelets, US/European |

Gorgeous silver hinged bangle bracelet signed by Topazio of Portugal featuring a repousse “harvest” motif with bunches of mature wheat in rectangular frames. Topazio bracelets are the best of the genre – their designs are crisp and register easily to the eye; the finishing is impeccable and their decorative motifs a joy to behold. I love the octagonal shape on the outer surface, the sense of Deco geometry it adds to the piece and the silky soft patina the bracelet has developed over its long life…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference; 1″ wide; 47.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed “TOPAZIO” and bearing hallmarks on the tab of the clasp for “835” purity; 1940s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with a lovely, crisp design, a warm, soft patina that enhances it and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#15003   Offered at $245.00 Contact...

Mexican Deco silver repousse Aztec Rose Cuff Bracelet

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Classic, early Mexican Deco silver repousse cuff, this is an anonymous yet very well crafted piece. There is an unspoken consensus that this type of bracelets is closely associated with the Mexico City workshops / retailers, the most famous among them being Maciel and Sanborn’s. Yet there was a considerable number of maestros making them and the variety in their size and decorative motifs is so rich, one usually happens upon an unexpected example when one least… expects it! With the cuff at hand, however, we stay within the confines of the so-called “iconic motif”, the “Aztec Rose”, well-loved and ever-present in Mexican jewelry of the 1920s-40s that betrayed a strong “folk” influence…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/16″ gap; relatively adjustable yet I would advise to have a jeweler re-shape...

early Matl Matidle Poulat Mexican silver coral Bracelet ~ paloma

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Early and gorgeous Matilde Poulat sterling silver and coral bracelet in one of her iconic designs, the “paloma”. This is classic Matl with the bird rendered in textured repoussage, its wings open, ready to fly away. The dove is surrounded by coral cabochons both bezel- and channel-set while small pieces of branch coral adorn the links of the chain. I find the relative “minimalism” (speaking for Matl, of course) in the use of one stone only quite refreshing and soothing to the eye as opposed to the riot of colors in the versions with amethyst and turquoise as well…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable); width between 1 7/16″ and 7/8″; 38.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Matl’s signature in script as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO D.F.” and “0.925”; 1930-1948 Condition: very good...

early Mexican Deco silver repousse Cuff Bracelet with amethyst

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Good early Mexican Deco silver repousse jewelry is becoming harder to find – I don’t know if it’s because there weren’t that many to begin with (quite often repoussage from that period seems a little clumsy, the technique needing additional experimenting with) or that at some point their popularity grew so much that they were “scooped up” from the market. Whatever the case, I am thrilled to be presenting this fantastic cuff bracelet with two saturated purple amethyst cabs here. I would call this cuff a “transitional” piece with its two “arms” holding close to the traditional cut-work and hand-chasing on flat pieces of silver sheet while the central station with its scrolls and foliate motifs going all the way to full-blown repousse work. We habitually attribute early Mexican jewelry marked “MEXICO SILVER” to Mexico...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver Bracelet ~ Taxco modernist “double masks”

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One of Taxco’s early maestros, Jose Luis Flores worked for Aguilar as well as for Emma and Miguel Melendez. Carefully crafted and meticulously finished, his jewelry is often based on creations by his more renowned colleagues yet he can be quite creative and original himself. In my opinion, he is at his best within the realm of modernist design and I believe that the bracelet presented here attests to that. Clever cut-outs, beading and layering combine to shape minimalist “masks” that are then “mirrored” to create each link. This doubling-up of the main motif in the bracelet makes it a little more difficult for the eye to “read” the “mask” – in the parure’s necklace (already sold) it is much clearer and I have provided a photo for you to see it…   Size/Weight: wearable length between 6 3/4″ and 6 7/8″...