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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 $750.00 Contact us about this...

massive Santana Mexican silver and black onyx Bracelet ~ Spanish Colonial armband

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Known for his monumental Spanish Colonial-inspired designs maestro Santana is one of the many enigmatic figures in Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. His jewelry, when one is lucky to come upon it, looks as if it’s made of the most intricate Spanish lace. Wide armbands, like here, that seem to want to be cuffs on a lady’s silk dress rather than sterling bracelets and equally breath-taking necklaces, their panels meticulously and profusely worked in cut-work to create labyrinthine patterns; that is his legacy but that’s also where our knowledge of him unfortunately stops. I will therefore let the twists and twirls of the cut-work in the armband at hand to tell the rest of the story. After all, for most of us, admiring them is the closest to their maker we will ever come…   Size/Weight: approx. 7″ wearable (measured mid-way up the bracelet’s...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver clamper Bracelet ~ Taxco swirl with dimpled dot

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Stunning Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse clamper bracelet in a design that combines dramatic swirls with dimpled dots and stylized feathers on the back. Lopez is one of my absolute favorites among the early Taxco maestros. Though we don’t know much about him, I am convinced that he must have worked in the Los Castillo and/or Margot de Taxco talleres because his jewelry is very often based on designs issued by those workshops and their quality is impeccable. I also consider him one of the best clamper makers – bold, masterful repoussage, strategically placed oxidation, monumentality (if you excuse me the word!), an ingenious sense of movement and how it works make Gerardo’s creations museum quality wearable treasures…   Size/Weight: 6 1/2″ inner circumference (yet adjustable for larger sizes due to its hinged construction); width between 3 1/8″...

Rancho Alegre Mexican mixed metals Cuff Bracelet and Earrings set ~ Taxco grapes design

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Founded in 1956 by a former shop manager for William Spratling, Rancho Alegre stayed in business until 1985 and it became known as a retailer for high quality jewelry by some of Taxco’s best maestros. The mixed metals cuff bracelet and earrings I am presenting here is a classic for the period and impeccably crafted. Silver and brass combine in an iconic design, grape leaves and clusters of fruit. Perfectly finished, with a three-dimensional quality that is further enhanced by the warm patina of time, the set is signed by A.L., a listed yet still unidentified Taxco silversmith whose work was quite often sold through Rancho Alegre…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/4″ gap); 1 3/4″ wide at center front; earrings are 1″ square; 67.3 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: cuff is marked with maker’s initials...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver and pink quartz Bracelet, Danish mod design

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Matching the necklace I listed a few days ago and equally amazing this modernist Margot de Taxco Mexican silver and pink quartz bracelet is such a … riot! I know the color pink and the concept of a riot do not really go together but the fact that I – definitely NOT a pink girl – loved this piece is nothing less than … a riot! Clearly influenced by mid-century Scandinavian design, this is a beautifully made bracelet, perfectly articulated and comfortable to wear, and the quartz cabochons themselves exhibit such a variety of hues you will never tire of looking at them… PS: In one of the photos you see the demi together – the necklace is also available on my site  and if you are interested in both pieces, ask me for the combined price!   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ long by 7/8″ wide; 82.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with Margot’s logo as...

Mexican Deco silver hearts and knots Cuff Bracelet

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Elaborate wirework that reminds me of antique, hand-wrought garden fences and window grates characterizes this impressive Mexican Deco cuff bracelet. I have had this specific design before and was, at the time, impressed not only by its serious presence but also by the interesting way the hardiness of knots and ties combines with the softer in nature stylized heart motifs. Signed by a listed yet still unidentified Taxco maestro, this is a cuff that will stay with you for a long, long time…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/4″ gap; not easily adjustable due to the thickness of the silver sheet used); width between 1 7/8″ at center front and 1″ at either end; 56.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “SCH” as well as “STERLING TAXCO”, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and des. no 820; 1940s Condition:...