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heavy Mexican Deco silver Bracelet with tulip cut-outs

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Exceptional quality and an unusual design that brings to mind Hector Aguilar characterize this Mexican Deco sterling silver bracelet. Signed by a listed yet still unidentified maestro, its heart-shaped links are made of very thick silver sheet with cut-outs of hand-chased tulips , their floral heads leaning inwards to gently touch the skin. A bracelet that bespeaks the craftsmanship of its maker and the pride the early Taxco maestros took in their work…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped); 1 1/8″ wide; 81.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “A.L.” as well as “STERLING” and “TAXCO 925”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage, beautiful in its simple yet strong design, very generous in weight, with warmly glowing patina and no damage or repairs noted   Offered at 250.00 Contact us about this...

early Taxco 980 Mexican Deco silver repousse hinged Bracelet

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Early Taxco repousse jewelry from the beginnings of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance are getting hard to find, especially when they are superbly crafted in high purity, 980 silver like the hinged work of art presented here. I am doubly excited for this find because it is exactly that – an amazing, unexpected find! Fleshy repoussage, crisply delineated, unfolds in powerful twists and turns. Wrought in thick silver sheet that has kept them unmarred over the decades the two “wings” are held together with an old type pin clasp. Heavy and generously wide, with surprise asymmetrical cuts along its lower perimeter, the bracelet is a pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ inner circumference (clasped); 2″ wide; 122.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “TAXCO 980”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with imposing...

Mexican Deco silver and turquoise repousse beaded hinged Bracelet

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On the heels of last night’s presentation a second Mexican Deco silver and turquoise multi-row beaded hinged bracelet. This one is wider than the previous, its semi-spheres a little smaller in diameter and it has three rows of turquoise cabs adorning the front “wing”. The color of the stones is a soft, soothing sage green, quite uniform and amazing against the patina the bracelet has developed over its long, undoubtedly interesting, life. A must-have for your collection of early 20th c. Mexican jewelry – wear it alone or be fearless and include it in a stack with similar pieces …   Size/Weight: just shy of 7″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1″ wide; 39.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “BGM” (listed, unidentified but a known creator of multi-row beaded bracelets like this) as well as “0.925 HECHO EN MEXICO...

Mexican Deco silver repousse multi-row hinged Bangle Bracelet with turquoise

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Classic and classy, this is the way to describe the vintage hinged bracelets like the one pictured here made in Mexico in the Deco years. I have mentioned elsewhere that I am almost obsessed with this design. It comes in various widths with row upon row of repousse semi-spheres, with the ones in the bracelet’s front also topped by bezel-set cabochons. I have seen them with turquoise, like here, as well as amethyst and some times even black onyx. Irresistible…   Size/Weight: just shy of 7″ in inner circumference (clasped) by 13/16″ wide; 34.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING” above a badly stamped “MADE IN MEXICO”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage, free of unsightly dings and dents which bracelets of this type usually come with, with all its stones present, in great shape and securely set in their bezels, having fantastic patina, no...

1960s Franz Scheurle Germany silver and agate modernist Bracelet

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1960s German modernist sterling silver bracelet by Franz Scheurle featuring a thick, polished slab agate stone with the most saturated dark and chocolate browns you have seen. This is minimalism at its purest – no extra ornamentation, no fussy details. What you see is what you get and what you get is unburdened elegance! And did you notice the clever closure?   Size/Weight: 6 3/8″ inner circumference (clasped; perfect for smaller to medium wrists); stone is 1 5/8″ by 1 1/4″ and 3/8″ thick; 52.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials as shown as well as “925”; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage, slick and minimalist yet with substantial presence, wonderful patina and a gorgeous stone; no damage or repairs noted   Offered at $270.00 Contact us about this...

Los Castillo Mexican silver mixed metals repousse Bracelet, des. 595

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Vintage Los Castillo Mexican silver and copper repousse bracelet, this is a sweet example of the workshop’s “mixed metals” jewelry that I am particularly fond of. The Los Castillo are one of the most important talleres in Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. Not only did they create some of Taxco’s iconic jewelry designs, they also experimented with techniques and materials and in doing that, revived ancient traditions before they were lost to the world. Pluma Azteca, Mozaico Azteca, Metales Casados, just to mention a few – they tried their hand at everything and with amazing results at that. The bracelet at hand is one of their easiest to wear, beautiful pieces – perfect for warmer weather when many of us prefer jewelry with a more discrete footprint…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long laid out but wears like a 6 1/2″; 3/4″...