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Ledesma style Mexican silver modernist Bracelet ~ niello and color-change sapphire

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Copying the style associated with Enrique Ledesma this mid-century modernist Mexican silver bracelet is signed by a listed yet still unidentified contemporary of the famous Taxco designer. The juxtaposition of highly oxidized and polished silver surfaces characteristic of the style is dramatic and eye-catching and here it finds itself in contrast to the saturated color of the faceted synthetic sapphire. Mimicking the behavior of alexandrites, the gem changes from deep purple to steely amethyst under different light conditions while the sterling ring around it reflects and enhances the effect…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 3/16″ and 1/2″; 38.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “MMC” as well as “TAXCO MEXICO 925” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with the...

Topazio Portuguese Deco 833 silver Bracelet ~ monuments of Portugal

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A fabulous example of late Deco Portuguese jewelry this hinged “bangle” is signed by Topazio, the country’s foremost manufacturer of silver hollowware and jewelry. Wrought in .833 silver, its two “wings” are made up of curved panels with alternating scrolled niello and figural decoration. This specific design is known as “monuments of Portugal”, the Belem Tower and the National Pantheon being among the country’s architectural treasures portrayed here…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 3/4″ wide; 33.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature “TOPAZIO” as well as hallmarks indicating metal purity (.835), place of manufacture (Porto) and date (post-1937); I would suggest 1940s-50s Condition: excellent vintage with a design that is less commonly found, having fantastic patina, with its...

Topazio Portuguese Deco silver hinged Bracelet ~ flower pots

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Late Portuguese Deco silver repousse hinged bracelet by Topazio in that Renaissance Revival style often associated with bracelets of this type from Portugal, this piece has the most amazing patina and luscious figural, floral and scroll decoration. I am an avid gardener myself so the band of flower pots brimming with blooms is particularly appealing to me as I am sure is the case with many others out there. And have you noticed the little flower capping the clasp’s push-in tab? PS: In one of the photos I am showing this bracelet combined with a similar one of the same period that will be listed shortly – if you don’t see it in my store, please ask!    Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1/2″ wide; 25.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as metal content and place of manufacture hallmarks that are not too clear; I...

Topazio Portuguese 833 silver repousse hinged Bracelet ~ scrolls and flowers

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Signed by Portugal’s foremost silver manufacturer whose hinged bracelets are avidly sought after, this piece was made some time in the late Deco era but its style and quality point in the direction of earlier periods. Wrought in .833 silver this glorified bangle (as I like to think of this type of bracelets) is richly adorned with architectural and floral designs whose sculptural appeal is enhanced by warm, glowing patina. I have a number of similar Portuguese bracelets – some have already sold, others are still waiting to be listed – and in one of the photos here you see this specific example paired with a narrower one I will present shortly. If you don’t see it among my listings, please ask…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8” inner circumference (clasped) by 7/8” wide; 32.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: “TOPAZIO, “PORTUGAL” as well as hallmarks indicating...

Torres Portuguese 835 silver repousse elephants Bracelet

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Signed by Torres this vintage Portuguese silver bracelet stylistically belongs in the Deco years yet its hallmarks indicate that it was made in Porto most probably in the 1980s. Definitely a Deco Revival piece, it recreates that period’s love of everything “exotic” and “wild” with the procession of elephants decorating it all around. Following each other, the animals are shown in relief in a landscape of tropical foliage and flowers. The patina is exquisite and it brings out the sculptural quality of the designs and the elephants beautifully depicted…   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner circumference (clasped) by 15/16″ wide; 32.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: “TORRES” alongside hallmarks indicating place of manufacture; 1980s Condition: excellent vintage with the relief designs crisp and nicely detailed, brought out even more by the...

Topazio style Portuguese Deco silver hinged Bracelet ~ roses and acanthus

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The first in a series of fabulous vintage Portuguese silver repousse bracelets I will be presenting in the next few weeks, this hinged bangle commands an impressive presence not only because of its architecturality but also due to the fantastic patina it has developed over the years. Accentuated by the darkened background, the meticulously worked floral and acanthus motifs look as if they float above a sea of old sterling and their detail is such that it captures the eye even at a distance. Dating in the tail end of the Deco years as is evidenced by the pyramidal shape of its sections, the bracelet nevertheless bears traces of Revival jewelry with its prominent use of the acanthus…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1″ wide; 44.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked “925” with a additional assay hallmarks that though definitely Portuguese are not...