Sigi Pineda Mexican silver amethyst Pin Brooch ~ Taxco modernist angelfish

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

Classic 1960s Sigi Pineda Mexican silver modernist brooch in a design that looks to me like an angelfish albeit rendered in the most minimalist fashion. I consider Sigi’s “niello” line one of the most inspired periods in his admittedly long and prolific career. I find that the metallic black/grey oxidation applied to some of the silver surfaces adds unsurpassed depth and sculpturality, something that in more traditionally crafted pieces is achieved by repoussage and hand-chasing. The fluidity of lines in this specific brooch is so strong, one can almost feel the water parting to allow the fish to swim on…   Size/Weight: 2  3/4″ long by 1 1/8″ tall; 17.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately marked with Sigi’s signature as shown as well as “STERLING HECHO EN MEXICO”, des. no 50 and Eagle 36 assay mark; 1960s Condition:...

Ivar Holth / Ottar Hval Norway 830 silver solje Brooch and Earrings set

By in Brooches, Rings/earrings, US/European |

Based in Oslo, Norway, Ivar Holth and Ottar Hval created jewelry in both the classic Scandinavian enamel-over-silver genre but also pieces based on traditional designs, like the solje brooch and dangle earrings assembled set at hand. Wrought in 830 silver with the concave round and teardrop dangles having a vermeil finish the demi is delicate and eye-catching at the same time and has an endearing “ethnic” appeal. In Norwegian culture “solje” (sun) jewelry was believed to protect its wearer from evil, especially during transitional periods and was thus considered appropriate for newborns and brides. Though made by different makers this brooch and earrings came to me from a single owner and I thought they should continue their life together…   Size/Weight: brooch is 3 1/8″ tall by 2 1/8″ wide; earrings are 15/16″ long by 3/4″ wide;...