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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...

Maricela Isidro Pina Mexican 950 silver story telling Bracelet

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Early Taxco Deco “story-telling” bracelet bearing Isidro Pina’s “Maricela” signature this is a classic example of the genre which seems to have been very popular with visitors to Mexico in the 1930s and ’40s. Mexican “story-telling” jewelry is usually comprised of figural panels, most often than not wrought in overlay, each one featuring an iconic plant or animal as well as stereotypical representations of local every day life. Made by both anonymous and well known designers like Victoria, Damaso Gallegos and, as in our case, Isidro Pina, “story-telling” jewelry can be found in a variety of materials and qualities. Made out of high purity, .950 silver alloy, this Maricela example has all the bells and whistles that make Pina’s creations sought after by collectors. Thick silver sheet forms each panel, the figural overlays...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver and copper modernist Bracelet ~ Aguilar design

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I am not sure if Jose Luis Flores worked for Aguilar at some point during his career yet the mixed metals modernist bracelet of his that I am presenting here is based on an Aguilar design. Flores is one of those Taxco maestros who produced consistently high quality jewelry, often emulating pieces first launched by the “big” workshops yet quite frequently coming up with ingenious creations of their own. What I love about this bracelet is the graduated size of its oval links, its good weight and the interplay of gracefully aged silver with the warmth of copper. The fact that the links are actually riveted together in the back thus guaranteeing smooth, unimpeded movement is another indication of the bracelet’s high craftsmanship… PS: As you can see in one of the photos, the matching earrings are also available; if you don’t see them on the site yet, please...

rare Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Quetzalcoatl Clamper Bracelet

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One of the rarest, in my experience, bracelets by Margot de Taxco out of her, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, hand-hammered and oxidized line of jewelry, the Quetzalcoatl mirrored on this clamper’s opposing wings is fierce and awe-inspiring. Monumental in its presence, the bracelet is an ode to Mexico’s rich cultural history and definitely not a piece for the … faint-of-heart. I am thrilled I was lucky enough to find it and am more than proud to be presenting it here…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference; width between 2 1/4″ and 1 1/8″; 106.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Margot’s signature as well as Eagle 16 assay mark and des. no 5598; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage exhibiting all the qualities that Margot jewelry is loved and sought after for, with great patina, its oxidation in very good shape...

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...