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M. Ocampo Mexican silver thick rope chain and tassels Bracelet

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Thick twist-rope lariat necklaces with luscious tassel ends are among the designs that Mexican maestros in the 1940s and 1950s worked with but to find a matching bracelet for those necklaces is a not-as-easily-accomplished feat. I am therefore thrilled to be presenting this example by Taxco silversmith M. Ocampo, one among the few who are known for their tasseled lariat jewelry. I also pulled out a pair of dangle earrings in the same design – this one by N. Jacopo – that are a perfect match for the bracelet. They are available separately but I added several photos here showing the assembled demi together in case you need to bring them both home…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ long (wearable); twist-rope chain is just shy of 1/2″ in diameter; tassels are 1 1/2″ long with the sphere at the top being 7/16″ in diameter; 45.5 grams Hallmarks / Date:...

set of 3 Los Castillo Mexican silver mozaico Bangle Bracelets

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Bangle bracelets, be they hinged or solid, are a big love of mine but I am doubly thrilled to be presenting here a set of three signed by the Los Castillo! How often does one see this form with this signature, truly? Not often enough is the answer and the rarity enhances the innate quality of the pieces. Thick silver, saturated azur-malachite and sprarkling peacock abalone combine here is a musical, playful trio you can wear as easily with jeans and a T-shirt as with that slick, black dinner dress…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ inner diameter by 5/16″ wide; 84.1 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: all three pieces fully signed with workshop’s signature as shown as well as “TAXCO”, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and Eagle 15 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with generous weight, rich colors in the azur-malachite inlay and a rainbow of...

Mexican silver and tiger’s eye Necklace Bracelet set in an Antonio Pineda mod design

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Obviously inspired by modernist design and more specifically by one of Antonio Pineda’s creations this set of sterling silver and tiger’s eye necklace and bracelet was made in Taxco in the time the renowned maestro was also active. Signed by one of those maestros who are known to us by their initials only – and of course, the work they left behind – the demi is such a treat to the eye and so easy to wear! I am very attracted to tiger’s eye – it is probably my sweet tooth talking here but don’t these cabs look like little pools of molten caramel? The necklace and bracelet came to me together and there is no reason for me to doubt that they actually started their life as a pair as well. So I decided that they should keep trailing through life as a seasoned, loyal couple. And if I may suggest? You could even clasp the two pieces together and...

classic Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet ~ owl or leaf and bead design

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A classic Mexican Deco design the often referred to as “owl” motif is also known as the “leaf and bead” – it’s up to you to decide which one captures your imagination but I like them both. Though I have sold examples of this design in all forms – necklaces, rings, earrings, brooches and bracelets – I don’t remember ever having seen any of those pieces signed by any of the “big” names nor even the ones I love to call the “less celebrated maestros”. They were all anonymous and well-made, the variety in their quality usually showing in the thickness of the silver sheet used to make the links, the quality of the stone and the attention to finishing and detail. Pleasantly heavy, with a beautiful cushion-cut amethyst and crisply executed silver-work, the bracelet at hand is comfortable to wear, quite eye-catching...

Los Castillo onix negro Mexican silver Bracelet

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Demanding and difficult, onix negro (black onyx) is a technique by which the classic art of stone inlay is reversed; instead of setting stone within a silver frame, it is now silver shapes that are placed in a flat piece of black onyx. Devised by the Los Castillo at the beginning of the 1950s, onix negro was practiced by a few other maestros as well with results that are definitely different and can be quite impressive. I believe the bracelet presented here, in a modernist interpretation of an ancient Aztec or Maya motif, is a beautiful example. Coupled with dark oxidation that lends depth and dimension to the four narrower links at the back, the stone is smooth and its unpolished finish makes it look like wood from an ages-old petrified forest…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable); width between 1 1/4″ at center front and 3/8″ at its narrowest, next to the...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver and blue spinel Bracelet

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Perfect for the crisp, clear days of winter but equally suited to the crystal waters of summer seas this Antonio Pineda Mexican silver and gemstones bracelet is a design that does not surface very often. Easier to wear than some of the maestros heftier creations, it exudes a light-heartedness that lifts the spirits and puts a smile on the face. Wrought in Pineda’s favorite .970 silver alloy the cut-out, raised oval links hug faceted blue spinels in substantial bezel settings. Enjoy it with your favorite jeans and T-shirt or your most elegant black dress – the result will be astounding whatever the occasion…   Size/Weight: 6  3/4″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 46.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: Antonio crown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “LOS CASTILLO COOP”, “970”, des. no ZZ816 and Eagle 58 assay mark; 1960s Condition:...