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early Matl Matidle Poulat Mexican silver coral Bracelet ~ paloma

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Early and gorgeous Matilde Poulat sterling silver and coral bracelet in one of her iconic designs, the “paloma”. This is classic Matl with the bird rendered in textured repoussage, its wings open, ready to fly away. The dove is surrounded by coral cabochons both bezel- and channel-set while small pieces of branch coral adorn the links of the chain. I find the relative “minimalism” (speaking for Matl, of course) in the use of one stone only quite refreshing and soothing to the eye as opposed to the riot of colors in the versions with amethyst and turquoise as well…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable); width between 1 7/16″ and 7/8″; 38.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Matl’s signature in script as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO D.F.” and “0.925”; 1930-1948 Condition: very good...

early Mexican Deco silver repousse Cuff Bracelet with amethyst

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Good early Mexican Deco silver repousse jewelry is becoming harder to find – I don’t know if it’s because there weren’t that many to begin with (quite often repoussage from that period seems a little clumsy, the technique needing additional experimenting with) or that at some point their popularity grew so much that they were “scooped up” from the market. Whatever the case, I am thrilled to be presenting this fantastic cuff bracelet with two saturated purple amethyst cabs here. I would call this cuff a “transitional” piece with its two “arms” holding close to the traditional cut-work and hand-chasing on flat pieces of silver sheet while the central station with its scrolls and foliate motifs going all the way to full-blown repousse work. We habitually attribute early Mexican jewelry marked “MEXICO SILVER” to Mexico...

Mexican Deco silver turquoise multi-row repousse beaded Bracelet

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Most probably made in Mexico City, this Art Deco silver beauty is one of those designs that never lose their appeal and continue to be sought out decades after they first came out of the workshop. I have said in the past that I am obsessed with this type of repousse beaded hinged bangles. I love them in all their various widths, with all the stones they can be found, and I can never keep them for long! The example I am presenting here is of medium width, with rows of turquoise cabs laid over the silver semi-spheres of the front “wing”. The patina is exquisite, the color of the stones almost sage green, and the shape of the bracelet is oval – an unexpected departure from the usual round that makes it so more comfortable to wear…   Size/Weight: inner circumference just shy of 6 3/4″ (clasped); 1″ wide; 36.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: “SILVER...

set of 3 Mexican silver Bangle Bracelets ~ coral, green calcite, black onyx

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Colorful, musical, a joy to wear and to behold, this set of 3 Mexican sterling silver bangle bracelets brings together two different periods in Taxco’s silversmithing history. Very popular in the 1950s and 1960s, bangles of this type continued to be made after 1980 and I would suggest that as a rule of thumb, the later examples tend to be heavier and not as delicate as the older ones. In the case of our assembled set, red coral and dyed calcite adorn the slender bracelets while the heftier one boasts three black cabs, either onyx or glass but I can’t be sure relying on the naked eye only. I do think, however, that the trio looks like it was meant to be together, the wire-work hearts flanking the coral and calcite providing the perfect company for the squiggles guarding the black cabs…   Size/Weight: inner diameter 2 1/2″; slender ones are 3/16″ wide while...

Mexican Deco silver and carved green stone hearts Bracelet

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A favorite Mexican Deco jewelry design of mine, the… “hearts of stone” were a phenomenon of the pre-1948 period, at least where the carving itself and the materials used is concerned. True enough, one might come upon “stone heart” jewelry made after 1980 yet the hearts lack the curves of their early counterparts and they are made of “colder” stones like black onyx or even black glass. Nothing like the illusion of depth that dyed calcite brings to the Deco hearts, with its striations and the almost “ombre” effect the color creates as it penetrates the stone. Here, the links remind me of crunchy Granny Smith apples, their green skin taking on yellow undertones as they ripen on a stone kitchen counter…   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable; 8″ end to end) by 7/8″ wide; 41.8 grams Hallmarks / Date:...

Topazio style Portuguese 835 silver “harvest” Bracelet

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The second Portuguese silver “harvest” bracelet currently available in my inventory (you can see it together with a wider example in one of the photos here) this too was made in the post-1985 period as indicated by its hallmarks. Yet the style is classic Portuguese Deco, following in the steps of similar bracelets by Topazio, Portugal’s foremost silver manufacturer. A really well-made piece with crisp, easily readable to the eye designs and amazing patina – wear it alone or enjoy it in a stack among your other favorite treasures… PS: A wider bracelet in the same design is also available in my inventory as you can see in one of the photos; if you don’t see it in my store, please ask!   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner circumference (clasped) by 3/4″ wide; 30.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: hallmarks for .835 silver and Porto as place of manufacture;...