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By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

It is a rare occurrence to find a Fred Davis brooch that is inspired by Olmec art and I am thrilled to be presenting this example here. Set in a classically Deco, tiered sterling frame, the “mask” is carved out of malachite that is left unpolished, and fit in its bezel with a band across the forehead keeping it securely in place. The stone has beautiful striations and as you can see, it also had a natural fissure in it that has popped revealing some of the black inclusions in the malachite. Though visible, it bestows the brooch the aura of ancient treasures unearthed after centuries of being hidden from sight rather than mar its serenely austere beauty…   Size/Weight: 1 7/8″ wide by 1 1/4″ tall; 17.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with Fred Davis’s conjoined initials as well as “SILVER” and “MADE IN...

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;...

huge Mexican Deco silver repousse horse Pin Brooch ~ Davis design with teal glass cabs

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

A silver tribute to circus equines this Mexican Deco silver repousse horse brooch is a design that I have seen bearing Fred Davis’s signature. That example was executed in sterling alone without the rather rare addition of the foiled teal glass cabochon mane our creature is endowed with. Despite the bare-bones rendition of the horse’s figure, the brooch somehow succeeds in conveying a sense of powerful motion, just barely restrained so the animal can perform its routine. The specific piece started its life with a vermeil finish yet it was partially (and in an ugly way, I should say) gone thanks to a previous owner’s attempt to remove it. So I had to trust my jeweler to take away what was left of it so now you can see the slick sterling body with just a hint of old gold in the recesses of the design…   Size/Weight: 4 1/2 tall by 2 1/4″ wide; 20.4 grams...