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Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver modernist hinged Bracelet

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Unadulterated commitment to minimalism – this is the statement this Antonio Pineda modernist bracelet makes. I have sold this specific design a couple of times in the past but its unpretentious beauty never fails to impress me. Wrought in the maestro’s favorite .970 alloy, it has had a long, happy life and is now waiting for its next caretaker…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (clasped); just shy of 1″ wide; 110.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Antonio’s crown, “SILVER 970”, des. no ZZ 833 and Eagle 17 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with beautiful patina, no damage or repairs noted but with two most imperceptible, light, very small impressions in one of the wings – they are not readily noticeable yet I am mentioning it for accuracy and their existence is reflected in my...

modernist Mexican silver and jasper “crouching man” hinged Bracelet – Teran design

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A very rare design to find in the form of a bracelet the “crouching man” was originally designed by Taxco’s foremost modernist, Salvador Teran, and in my opinion, it is one of the most successful re-interpetations of an ancient motif within the design vernacular of the 1950s-60s. The fact that it’s so difficult to find with Teran’s signature drives prices high up and makes examples by different makers sought after as well. The hinged bracelet I am presenting here is made by a Taxco maestro whose work I appreciate for its quality. I have had copies of Teran’s work by this silversmith in the past and I have to say that they come very close to the originals. So much so that quite often they are attributed to Teran himself, which is, of course, a mistake. Holding a polished green jasper close to his heart, our man seems quite intent at not letting go,...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse Bracelet ~ double Taxco fern fronds

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If you follow “One Good Eye Silver”, chances are you know by now that Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite Taxco maestros. Like the sterling silver bracelet at hand, many of his jewelry is based on Margot de Taxco and / or Los Castillo designs so I am thinking that he probably worked for either one or even both of those workshops. His mastery over the art of repoussage, his attention to detail and his impeccable finishing lend to his creations an aura that is comparable to that of the jewelry by his more famous contemporaries. I like to refer to this piece as the “double fern frond” bracelet and if I am not mistaken, it is based on a Margot original that does not come up very often. Generously wide yet not overwhelming, it is elegant, different and a pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable) by 1 5/8″ wide; 41.9 grams...

Los Ballesteros Mexican silver hinged Bracelet with huge smokey quartz

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An astonishing Los Ballesteros Mexican silver modernist bracelet in the type of hinged bangles the workshop excelled in producing, this is a design I have never encountered before and it is literally “crowned” by the hugest quartz gem ever! The gem’s color is the smokiest, deepest “whiskey” – one can feel oneself sinking in its alluring depths yet still not be able to take one’s eyes off it. The setting housing it raises it proudly above the arm while also protecting it with its generous proportions and its thickness. The wide sterling “wings” are ridged and the patina that has darkened the recessed areas where the ridges connect bestows a sensual sculpturality to an otherwise bare-bones bangle. Stupendous…   Size/Weight: 6 1/4″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1″ wide; crown setting is 1 1/4″ in diameter and...

Victorian Austro-Hungarian silver gilt hinged Bangle Bracelet ~ black enamel and seed pearls

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Antique Austro-Hungarian .800 silver gilt hinged bangle bracelet with black enamel and a vermeil floral applique studded with little seed pearls this piece is from the latter part of the Victorian era and signed by Markowitsch and Scheid of Vienna. I could hardly exaggerate the bracelet’s elegance – everything seems to be in perfect proportion; the serious look of its glistening dark enamel offset by both the warm glow of the vermeil and the lily of the valley spray on its front wing. The decoration is completed with discrete engraved designs around the hinge and the clasp. One of the classiest examples of the genre I have seen lately this is a bracelet which, in my opinion, defies the whims of time and fashion quite successfully…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 7/8″ wide; 51.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: letter mark for Vienna as well...

2-strand Mexican Deco silver bead Bracelet with jade clasp

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Absolutely scrumptious Mexican Deco beaded bracelet, its two strands consisting of hand-made beads, adorned with a showy sterling clasp that houses a chunky stone cab. Green stones like this in Mexican jewelry are quite often referred to as “jade” yet are usually dyed calcite. I am not sure, however, that this is the case here as well – I suspect that the cab might actually be polished agate. Be that as it may, the bracelet is a favorite of mine. I am always on the look out for beaded jewelry with this specific type of clasp – they are so elegant and who can resist the allure of silver… pearls?   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ long (probably wears like a 7″ due to the design); clasp is 1″ by 3/4″; beads approx. 5/8″ in diameter (some bigger, some smaller); 27.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: “SILVER” and a partially stamped...