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rare Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Necklace Bracelet set ~ geometric knot des. 5384

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A very difficult design to find, Margot de Taxco’s no 5384 is sheer geometry and a celebration of dark, rich oxidation. It is understandable then that I am thrilled to be presenting the necklace and bracelet demi here. Raised sterling bands around the perimeter of the cut-out design lend three-dimensional appeal to both pieces which is further accentuated by the black surfaces they define. This is by far my favorite “knot” design of hers; not too simple, not overwhelmingly complicated – just guaranteed attention grabber. And the proportions of the bracelet are to die for. A must-have for the discerning collector and lover of all things beautiful alike…   Size/Weight: necklace: 16 1/2″ (wearable; might even feel a little more comfortable due to the dip at center front); central “knot” link is 3″ wide and adds a 1 7/8″ drop to...

Mexican Deco silver repousse masquette with female figures Cuff Bracelet

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Classic Mexican Deco silver repousse “masquette” cuff bracelet in the style associated with Maciel and Sanborn’s, this is an unsigned piece and it is quite unusual in its ornamentation. Though the carved “jade” (dyed calcite) mask set at center front is quite often found in this type of jewelry, what is rare is the full-size female figures that flank the stone. This is a very folky representation of a woman wearing a long dress and holding leaves and tendrils (could they be snakes?) in her hands. Evocative of Matilde Poulat’s earthy designs accentuated by stippling, chasing and oxidation the repousse motifs that cover the cuff’s surface are strong and eye-catching…   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/4″ gap; this is made of silver sheet with good thickness so I wouldn’t advise trying to adjust it...

Mary Gage Arts and Crafts silver and Chinese carved jade Cuff Bracelet

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Sterling silver and carved Chinese jade beads combine in this American Arts and Crafts Magy Gage cuff bracelet. A colorful and quite eccentric character, Gage started making jewelry in the 1920s and continued until her death in 1993. Inspired by nature, her work has a strong, earthy appeal and has been described as “raw” at times. The lily pads that adorn the face of the cuff at hand seem to have been one of her favorite motifs and in our instance, they are surrounding hand-carved Chinese jade beads which she might have acquired during her two-year sojourn in China in the early 1920s. As you can see in one of the photos, the matching ring is also available… PS: My thanks to Chicagosilver for Gage’s biography; you can also see a similar ring on their website with a moonstone instead of the jade bead in mine   Size/Weight: 6 1/4″ inner circumference...

late Art Deco European 800 silver and pearls foliate Bracelet

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Pearls are among my favorite jewelry components and the ones in this fabulous late Art Deco silver bracelet are wonderful little spheres of glistening white. There is something magical about pearls, the way they are created, and their absolute elegance. Here they are set in sculptural foliate links, as if somebody just threw a handful of them in the garden and just left them there among the leaves. Though it is hallmarked, I have not been able to identify the maker of the bracelet – the marks are just too tiny. It is, however, a European piece since it is made of 800 silver – could be German, could be early Scandinavian. Does it matter, though?   Size/Weight: 8 1/2″ long (wearable) by 1 1/4″ wide; 56.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: tiny hallmarks for metal quality (800) and maker; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with warmly glowing patina that reflects and...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver and amethyst Bracelet, Taxco modernist design

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Slick, modernist Antonio Pineda silver and amethyst bracelet wrought in his favorite .970 alloy which is higher in precious metal content than sterling. This is one of those pieces that make you feel comfortable in your skin whether you dress for a dinner party or go out for coffee with friends. Substantial around the wrist like all Antonio bracelets are, it is nonetheless far from burdensome and, if I may suggest, lends itself to combinations with other, similar treasures you might already possess. I love the combination of amethyst and silver and the half-barrel shaped stones are rich in inclusions here and have strong color…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 76.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully marked with Antonio’s crown as well as the Los Castillo Cooperativa mark where his pieces were produced for a few years in the early 1960s ,...

1950s Mexican silver and simulated alexandrite hinged Bracelet

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In the spirit of what I like to refer to as the “hinged bangle bracelets” the Los Ballestreros workshop is known for, this vintage 1950s Taxco sterling silver and simulated alexandrite piece brings together ancient and Deco motifs. The curved lozenge that provides the backdrop for the gem is definitely Deco but the motifs on the side remind me of similar designs found in Mexican jewelry that belongs squarely in the “archeological” style. Yet never has a marriage of such seemingly disparate elements been so successful! I love the color-changing quality of the stone (this is corundum or synthetic sapphire that mimics the behavior of natural alexandrites), its more than generous size and the heft of the silver itself. Gorgeous…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 3/4″ and 1/2″; 60.3 grams Hallmarks / Date:...