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long Deco N Jacopo Mexican silver tassel dangle Earrings

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

A perfect match for the M. Ocampo bracelet in the same design also available in my store this vintage Mexican silver set of rich tassel earrings is signed by N. Jacopo, one of the few Taxco maestros known for the high quality twist-rope lariat necklaces. There are fourteen strands of shimmering sterling chain that make up each tassel’s fringe while the sphere at the top holding them all together has a brushed finish. Though the Ocampo bracelet with which you see the earrings in some of the photos here is available in a separate listing, I thought I should give you the opportunity to assess yourselves whether they look as good together as I think they do…   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ long by 7/16″ wide (the diameter of the sphere at the top); 12.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “TAXCO 925”; pre-1948 Condition:...

M. Ocampo Mexican silver thick rope chain and tassels Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Thick twist-rope lariat necklaces with luscious tassel ends are among the designs that Mexican maestros in the 1940s and 1950s worked with but to find a matching bracelet for those necklaces is a not-as-easily-accomplished feat. I am therefore thrilled to be presenting this example by Taxco silversmith M. Ocampo, one among the few who are known for their tasseled lariat jewelry. I also pulled out a pair of dangle earrings in the same design – this one by N. Jacopo – that are a perfect match for the bracelet. They are available separately but I added several photos here showing the assembled demi together in case you need to bring them both home…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ long (wearable); twist-rope chain is just shy of 1/2″ in diameter; tassels are 1 1/2″ long with the sphere at the top being 7/16″ in diameter; 45.5 grams Hallmarks / Date:...

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:...

Mexican silver and color-change sapphire Dangle Earrings ~ Ledesma neo-Aztec design

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

Based on a neo-Aztec design created by the modernist genius of Enrique Ledesma this set of long dangle earrings is not signed for maker but is beautifully articulated and carefully finished. I am sure it was made by one of Ledesma’s Taxco contemporaries; both the weight and the fact that the screw-back findings (and only those) are made of alpaca indicates to me that the set did not come out of the renowned designer’s workshop. This having been said, I can assure you that the earrings are masterfully crafted, with careful oxidation in the shadowbox stations, immaculate little beads accenting them, show-casing two big, prong-set synthetic sapphires that change color under different light conditions thus mimicking the behavior of alexandrites…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ long by 7/8″ wide; 12.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor...

set of 3 Los Castillo Mexican silver mozaico Bangle Bracelets

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Bangle bracelets, be they hinged or solid, are a big love of mine but I am doubly thrilled to be presenting here a set of three signed by the Los Castillo! How often does one see this form with this signature, truly? Not often enough is the answer and the rarity enhances the innate quality of the pieces. Thick silver, saturated azur-malachite and sprarkling peacock abalone combine here is a musical, playful trio you can wear as easily with jeans and a T-shirt as with that slick, black dinner dress…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ inner diameter by 5/16″ wide; 84.1 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: all three pieces fully signed with workshop’s signature as shown as well as “TAXCO”, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and Eagle 15 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with generous weight, rich colors in the azur-malachite inlay and a rainbow of...

Mexican Deco silver and carved obsidian idol Pendant Necklace

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

I have had this Mexican Deco idol pendant for quite some time and I always thought of it as carved out of black onyx yet, to my delight, as I was photographing it, I discovered that it is in fact a golden sheen obsidian little artifact! Obsidian is a volcanic glass, very hard and brittle at the same time, and it takes all the patience and concentration of a skilled maestro to carve. Think of it as an amulet (quite appropriate nowadays, right?); think of it as a miniature piece of art; think of it as a tiny fragment of a people’s cultural history – any which way you look at it, it is simply precious…   Size/Weight: chain necklace is 24″ long; pendant is 2″ long by 7/8″ wide and adds a 2 1/4″ drop to the chain; 20.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: pendant is signed with maker’s initials as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO...