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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet ~ Fred Davis style

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Based on a Fred Davis creation – if my memory doesn’t play tricks, that is – this Mexican silver bracelet combines repoussage, beading and oxidation to create links in a classic Deco design that conjures images of exotic birds as they unfurl richly colored, luxurious trains. I will suggest that it was made in Mexico City by a maker that though listed, remains in the shadows of the country’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance at least until more research sheds on him (or her?) the light of recognition. Beautifully made, elegant in a way only Mexican Deco can be, with bubbles of interestingly variegated purple in the amethyst cabs, this is an easy to wear bracelet that can hold its own in any situation…   Size / Weight: 7 1/4″ long (wearable; laid out flat it measures 7 1/2″) by 1″ wide; 46.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials...

massive Castelan Mexican Deco silver mesh buckle Bracelet

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There are buckle bracelets and then, there are BUCKLE BRACELETS! And a spectacular Mexican Deco specimen of the latter I am proud to be presenting here. Honestly, however, all the aaahs and ooohs aside, this is one of the most glamorous examples of mesh jewelry I have encountered even though its design elements are few and quite simple, if one thinks about it. Extra wide and finely woven, the sterling mesh is flexible and comfortably wraps around the wrist. The buckle itself is smooth and glows with the warm patina of age and it fastens in four different locations so the bracelet can easily accommodate wrists of all sizes. I was surprised to find the signature of Castelan, a Mexico City maestro, on it as I have not seen many pieces by him and the ones I did have in the past were smaller, silver and enamel pins and earrings. A real treasure…   Size / Weight: wearable length...

1940s Mexican silver multi-stone modernist Bracelet

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Cheerful, colorful Mexican mod sterling silver bracelet in a design associated with the Los Castillo workshop and often referred to as “hands and stones”. Signed here by a listed yet still unidentified early Mexico City maestro, the bracelet features richly colored amethyst, golden sheen obsidian, agates in mottled beige and green as well as pink, orange and sky blue quartz. Comfortable and soothing around the wrist, it is a definite pick-me-up and don’t we all need some of that in our current predicament?   Size / Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable) by approx. 5/8″ wide; 47.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “JV” as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO D.F.” and “925”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with a fantastic array of colors in the stones, great patina, no damage and no repairs noted Inv.#14589 Offered...

vintage set of 2 Jamaica / East Indies silver Cuff Bracelets

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Vintage pair of sterling silver bangles bearing the hallmark of a Jamaican silversmith whom my admittedly not thorough research has not been able to identify, this set has textured repousse ends and etched floral and geometric decoration on the bodies proper. It seems that the form is well known in the index of Jamaican / East Indian jewelry – sometimes the bangles have fists at their ends – and it continues to be made today. Our duo is older though, I think, and such a pleasure to wear…   Size / Weight: 8″ inner circumference (including the 3/8″ gap) / 2 5/8″ inner diameter; 36.7 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature “AC” as well as “STERLING MADE IN JAMAICA” and “WI”; difficult for me to date yet the set has some age to it, I believe Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina,...

1950s mod Mexican silver hinged Bracelet with moss agate

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Elegant simplicity is what characterizes this modernist Mexican silver and moss agate hinged bangle bracelet. The intermingling hues of green in the stone and the sweeping curve of the silver frame that surrounds it are the only “flourishes” interrupting the warmly glowing sterling bangle. Yet it is enough to attract the eye and offer that touch of visual interest which keeps the gaze captive and lightens the spirit…   Size / Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 1/4″ and 1/2″; 53.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials as shown as well as “MEXICO 925” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with a beautiful, generously sized stone, with nice patina and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#14553 Offered at $170.00 Contact us about this...

Erika Hult de Corral Ric Mexican silver modernist Bracelet

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Perfect for medium to smaller wrists, this modernist Erika Hult de Corral bracelet was made in Taxco in the 1960s-70s. One of the few female contributors to Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance that we know of, de Corral studied at the Parson’s School of Design in Paris. An award-winning designer, she worked with Sigi Pineda and Enrique Ledesma before opening her own workshop. Always within the scope of modernism, her jewelry is impeccably crafted, with high quality materials and when they don’t flirt with brutalism, they impart a strong sense of liquid, unimpeded movement. I would put the bracelet at hand in that second category and add tactile scrulpturality and an eye-catching splash of warm color in the striated brown agate…   Size/Weight: nner circumference of 6 1/2″ (clasped); width between 7/8″ and 1/2″; 64.0 grams Hallmarks / Date:...