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rare Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver zodiac Charm Bracelet ~ Pisces

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In all the years I have been dealing with Mexican silver jewelry I had never seen a Gerardo Lopez zodiac piece! His emulations of Margot de Taxco designs and his imaginative re-combination of her motifs in beautifully made jewelry notwithstanding, it never crossed my mind that I would find an astrological example by him. Yet here it is – beguilingly sculptural, his nude Aphrodite emerges from the sea standing for the sign of Pisces as a big crab reaches for the sky next to the floating sea shell that keeps her afloat. The goddess brings to mind Margot’s representation for the sign of Virgo but here the female figure is more voluptuous – you can almost see the droplets of water as they refract the sunlight on her young, wet body. What a find…   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ long (wearable, for the chain bracelet) by 3/8″ wide; charm is a tad above 1 1/2″...

Matl style Mexican silver and turquoise Bracelet

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Generous in size and carefully made with a nice selection of blue turquoise cabochons, this 1980s Mexican silver bracelet is obviously based on Matilde Poulat’s original designs. It is signed by a maker who was active in the pre-1980 period as well and whose quality Matl-style jewelry I am always on the look out for. Adorned with scrolling textured wire-work and beading the oblong links hold three channel-set turquoise each and their oxidation makes the blues in the stones pop. Imagine it against your tanned skin as you enjoy a drink by the sea…   Size/Weight: 8 1/4″ long (wearable) by 1 3/4″ wide; 74.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s registration code “MR-39” as well as “MEXICO 925”; 1980s Condition: excellent vintage with very good finishing and attention to detail, great color variation in the turquoise cabs that are all there...

Los Ballesteros modernist Mexican silver and blue gem hinged Bracelet

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Modernist Los Ballesteros Mexican sterling silver hinged bracelet, this is a big, showy piece adorned with a multi-faceted blue gem that registers in the topaz / spinel area on my gem tester. Held in a substantial crown setting, the gem is amazing in color and the brilliant way it reflects the light. The design is representative of Taxco minimalism – bare bones yet still possessing a commanding presence. Perfect for the summer, don’t you think?   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped); oval station is 1 5/8″ tall by 1 3/8″ wide; widths of the wings varies between 1 3/16″ and 7/8″; 72.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with the Los Ballesteros conjoined initials as well as “STERLING 925” and “HECHO EN MEXICO”; I don’t see an Eagle assay mark so this is a pre-1948 piece Condition: very good vintage with...

Mexican Deco multi-row silver and black onyx glass beaded Bracelet

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Most commonly found with turquoise cabs this type of Mexican Deco silver hinged bracelets are among the most sought after designs. Made up of rows and rows of repousse semi-spheres and overlaid with additional rows of bezel-set stone or glass cabochons, they are a pleasure to wear and they have a powerful visual impact. The medium-width example I am presenting here is rather more difficult to come upon because the cabs are made of black glass. When one thinks about it, what color combination is more Deco than silver and black?   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference; 1 1/8″ wide; 54.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “MEXICO SILVER”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage – I don’t even see any of the light dings that can usually be found in these bracelets around their perimeter – with nice patina, all the black cabs securely in place, with...

A. Tobias Mexican Deco silver repousse Cuff Bracelet ~ rare figural design

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One of the Mexico City maestros active in the first decades of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Abraham Tobias was a contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s and he created jewelry in the so-called Mexico City style repousse. Many of his pieces are based on Matl originals and admittedly the boldness and quality of his repoussage is very very close to, if not often en par with, Matilde’s own. Tobias excelled in the crafting of cuff bracelets as well – one can find them in various widths, usually boasting spectacular “Aztec Roses”. The example I am presenting here, however, is a figural one, quite rare, and generously wide as well. Is it a priest we are looking at, sitting cross-legged, a bead necklace around his neck, looking immersed in prayer? The sky is the limit of the imagination…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (including the...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver hinged Bracelet, sculptural des. no 5243

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One of Margot’s most sculptural creations, this is also a bracelet that one needs to hold and run one’s fingers over its carved beauty in order to fully appreciate it. There are so many elements combined in this design: the Greek key, strategically placed beading, mirrored layered wings, cut-outs. Yet they all come together perfectly, none of them superfluous – the bracelet is tactile, even sexy, if I dare say so, and its weight feels so intimate around the wrist…   Size/Weight: 6.75″ inner circumference (clasped; perfect for smaller to medium wrists); width between 1 1/4″ and 1/2″; 54.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: Margot’s signature as well as des. no 5243 and “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING; I don’t see an Eagle assay mark but I think that’s just an oversight; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage, with the quality of...