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rare La Joya Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet

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A stunner of a bracelet, this early Mexican Deco beauty is signed by La Joya, a maker whose pieces do not come up very often but is known to have worked in the early part of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. I suspect that they might have been based in Taxco – the style is definitely reminiscent of jewelry produced there – but more research needs to be done before we can say for sure. What is more than obvious though is the high level of craftsmanship, the impeccable attention to detail and the regal presence of the bracelet at hand. Old type of clasp with a sturdy pin holding the two wings together, great patina that accentuates the geometric overlay and luscious, big amethyst cabs with clouding and inclusions – just magical…   Size/Weight: 6  5/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1  5/8″ wide; 119.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s...

early Deco Georg Jensen sterling silver Bracelet des. no 3

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An early Deco example of Georg Jensen’s design #3 bracelet, this piece was made in the late 1920s-early 1930s as indicated by the combination of hallmarks that it bears. Executed in all-silver, its floral and foliate links have the sculptural quality that Jensen jewelry is known and collected for, accentuated by the wonderful patina that developed over the bracelet’s long life…   Size/Weight: 7  3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 30.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks that date in the late 1920s-early 1930s period Condition: very good vintage with no unsightly damage nor any repairs, just a minor impression on the topmost beads of two links – hardly noticeable to the naked eye and not offensive at all.   Offered at $950.00 Contact us about this...

La Cucaracha Mexican silver Cuff Bracelet ~ Taxco design with cut outs and beading

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I recently wrote that La Cucaracha, a retailer of high quality jewelry in Taxco, Mexico, is one of those signatures that one does not encounter very often as one hunts for vintage Mexican treasures. And here I am, presenting my second cuff bracelet of theirs in just the span of a few days. Yet this is the way things happen some times – you might be looking for something for years and not find anything and then, all of a sudden, you bump into two or three coveted examples. The cuff is made out of silver sheet with very good thickness to it and its designer capitalized on cut-outs, wirework and beading to create a bracelet with powerful presence and distinct three-dimensional appeal…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (including the 1″ gap; quite sturdy due to the gauge of silver used, it might lend itself to being resized but I would advise to have it done by...

La Cucaracha Mexican 950 silver Cuff Bracelet ~ Taxco modernist roses

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A retail store in Taxco, La Cucaracha (don’t you love the name???) is one of those agents of silver Renaissance in 20th c. Mexico that we know very little about. I have had La Cucaracha jewelry in the past but they don’t come up often. When they do, however, they are usually worth a very close look – and the modernist cuff bracelet I am presenting here is definitely worth a very very close look! Made out of 950 silver which is higher than sterling – in my experience La Cucaracha jewelry are quite often wrought in high purity alloys – this is a design that I have never seen in the past. Very mod yet in a way reminiscent of rose buds as they just start to unfurl their petals, it is beautifully made and perfect for those of us who love one-of-a-kind jewelry…   Size/Weight: 6  7/8″ inner circumference (including the 7/8″ gap; yet adjustable...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver modernist Cuff Bracelet ~ the Hunters

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Inspired by the Lascaux paintings, this amazing cuff bracelet by Antonio Pineda is wrought in his favorite .970 silver alloy and masterfully bridges the thousands of years between the minimalism of early humanity and the modernist abstraction of the mid-20th c.. Pineda employs here the technique of the so-called “shadow-box”, cutting out of the cuff’s face slender, full of motion figures of ancient hunters to reveal the blackened silver sheet behind them. Massive, the bracelet has an elongated oval form which allows the decoration to show fully when one has it on. Timelessly amazing…   Size/Weight: 6  3/4″ inner circumference (including the 1  3/8″ gap); width between 2  3/8″ at center front and 1/2″ at the two ends; 133.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately marked with Antonio’s crown as well as “HECHO EN...

modernist Los Castillo Mexican silver Clamper Bracelet ~ fish skeleton with copper accents

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An early design by the Los Castillo taller, the fish skeleton is considered a classic and has seen many emulations and reproductions over the years. The hinged bracelet at hand, wrought out of thick silver sheet with copper bead accents, is a modernist treasure that was made for small wrists. Ideal for all of us who love vintage Mexican clampers but can never enjoy them because they are usually too big…   Size/Weight: 5 3/4″ inner circumference; width between 1 7/8″ (at the front) and 3/8″ (at its narrowest, on the side); 62.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown alongside Eagle 15 assay mark and des. no 114; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, having a strong, snappy hinge, with good heft and in a very slick, mod design   Offered at $565.00 Contact us about this...