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Los Ballesteros Mexican silver and amethyst modernist Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

One of the earliest Mexican talleres that contributed to the country’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, the Los Ballesteros tried their hand in many styles and their work varies in originality and quality. I believe, however, that they truly excelled in at least one form – the hinged bangle bracelets that they usually adorned with semi-precious stones. I never tire of looking for them and even though I have been dealing in vintage Mexican silver jewelry for quite some time now, I am still impressed by the variety of designs and the bold combinations that they offer. Very reminiscent of Antonio Pineda’s work, the modernist example at hand, generous in proportions yet comfortable and easy to wear, is the epitome of minimalism but for the stunningly colored oval amethysts that it holds. The stones are open-backed to make the most of the light and they add a sense of purple...

Mexican Deco silver repousse Cuff Bracelet ~ forget-me-nots with turquoise

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Repousse silver forget-me-nots with turquoise centers are clustered together to form the face of this vintage Deco Mexican cuff bracelet. I love this piece not only because I am partial to cuffs but also for the twist it adds to romantic Victorian flower symbolism. Now romantic is a word I would not use in conjunction with most vintage Mexican jewelry – not at least in its classic sense that evokes a certain kind of feminine “fragility”. Mexican jewelry is all about the daring female who doesn’t hesitate to make a statement or occupy center-stage. I think the way the repoussage has added flesh and three-dimensional presence to the flowers and the big, dramatic leaves that end the cuff on either side makes these forget-me-nots absolutely … unforgettable…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (including the 1″ gap; not adjustable because of...

Mexican Deco silver and amethyst beaded hinged Bangle Bracelet

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If you follow One Good Eye Silver, you probably know that I am for ever in love with these Mexican Deco hinged bangle bracelets that are made up of rows of repousse semi-spheres, their front wing being overlaid with small cabochons in bezels. Usually “anonymous”, they feature turquoise or amethyst most of the time, like here, but I have seen them with green “onyx” glass and even black onyx. In the last few years they seem to have become not as easily available as in the past so I am thrilled to be offering this beauty tonight. Four rows of silver beads, two rows of amethyst cabs in the front only, fantastic patina, timeless elegance…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped); 2 3/16″ inner diameter; 1 1/4″ wide; 58.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING MEXICO”; 1930s-40s Condition: very good vintage with all the stones...

slick Mexican silver modernist hinged Bracelet, Taxco two spheres design

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I absolutely adore this design and I can assure you that when you have it in your hands, you will too fall in love with it! An early Mexican modernist creation here in the form of a hinged bangle, I believe it’s the curvaceous, bold and definitely sexy repousse spheres applied on its face that make it so attractive. Similar pieces are often found with the signature of Gonzalo Moreno yet this seems to be an anonymous beauty even though there seems to be a very small part of another word above the “MADE IN MEXICO” hallmark. The bracelet is, however, made of thick gauge sterling which has protected the spheres from getting damaged over the its long life. Be bold and bring it home…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 1/2″ in the front and 5/8″ in the back; spheres are just shy of 7/8″ in diameter so that is...

2.25″ tall A. Tobias Mexican silver and green stone repousse Cuff Bracelet

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massive brutalist silver Bracelet with old Chinese carved carnelian medallion

By in Bracelets, US/European |

Massive does not always rhyme with gorgeous but in the case of the spectacular bracelet I am presenting here the two are absolutely synomymous! I have never seen a similar piece and I don’t know where to start describing it! What I find fascinating is the way cultures and ages and techniques are called upon and combined in a hybrid “transnational” beauty. The style is obviously brutalist and a product of the “West”; the carved carnelian medallion is older than the ’60s/’70s when brutalism flourished – I would say ca 1900, if not older – and Chinese. And then the clasp, a classic pin closure from the first decades of the 20th c. used to secure in place a bracelet that is so evidently modernist. Oh, how I love my job…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 1/2″ at center front and...