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rare Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver zodiac Charm Bracelet ~ Pisces

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

In all the years I have been dealing with Mexican silver jewelry I had never seen a Gerardo Lopez zodiac piece! His emulations of Margot de Taxco designs and his imaginative re-combination of her motifs in beautifully made jewelry notwithstanding, it never crossed my mind that I would find an astrological example by him. Yet here it is – beguilingly sculptural, his nude Aphrodite emerges from the sea standing for the sign of Pisces as a big crab reaches for the sky next to the floating sea shell that keeps her afloat. The goddess brings to mind Margot’s representation for the sign of Virgo but here the female figure is more voluptuous – you can almost see the droplets of water as they refract the sunlight on her young, wet body. What a find…   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ long (wearable, for the chain bracelet) by 3/8″ wide; charm is a tad above 1 1/2″...

Matl style Mexican silver and turquoise Bracelet

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Generous in size and carefully made with a nice selection of blue turquoise cabochons, this 1980s Mexican silver bracelet is obviously based on Matilde Poulat’s original designs. It is signed by a maker who was active in the pre-1980 period as well and whose quality Matl-style jewelry I am always on the look out for. Adorned with scrolling textured wire-work and beading the oblong links hold three channel-set turquoise each and their oxidation makes the blues in the stones pop. Imagine it against your tanned skin as you enjoy a drink by the sea…   Size/Weight: 8 1/4″ long (wearable) by 1 3/4″ wide; 74.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s registration code “MR-39” as well as “MEXICO 925”; 1980s Condition: excellent vintage with very good finishing and attention to detail, great color variation in the turquoise cabs that are all there...

classic Mexican Deco silver and turquoise mesh Necklace

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

Generous in weight, very well made and with fantastic patina, this early Mexican Deco silver mesh necklace is adorned with bezel-set turquoise cabs and was probably made in Mexico City. There are three rows of flat chain woven together here, made of thick silver and glowing with the warmth that old sterling acquires when it has been loved and enjoyed with care. This specific design can be found signed by FarFan or “TNC”, a listed yet still unidentified maestro. Yet more often than not, it comes anonymous like the example at hand…   Size/Weight: 15 1/8″ long (wearable) by just shy of 1″ wide; 123.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MEXICO SILVER”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina (you can always polish a little, if you so desire), with beautiful color in the cabs that are all present and securely set in their bezels, with no...

Celia Harms Mexican silver gilt charm Torque Necklace with amethyst, agate, lapis and coral

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It is a rare occurrence to happen upon a Celia Harms necklace – her bracelets, though scarce as well, are a little easier to find. Harms worked in the 1950s-60s in Veracruz yet based on what I have seen of hers, her jewelry has a distinct character while remaining within the wider context of 20th c. Mexican jewelry design. The torque necklace at hand, wrought of gilded sterling silver, is adorned by a luscious, layered charm pendant. Below the large polished agate there hangs a multitude of wire-wrapped tumbled amethysts and quartz of various colors; branches of coral; sodalite and lapis beads as well as an articulated fish charm and a filigree sphere. Perfect for those breezy summer nights on the beach, don’t you think?   Size/Weight: approx. 14 1/4″ – 14 1/2″ inner circumference (including the 2 1/8″ gap); pendant adds a 4 3/4″ drop to the...

Hector Aguilar Mexican silver mod buckle Ring

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

Popular for centuries in jewelry-making traditions all over the world the buckle motif can be found in all forms and metals, with or without gems, quite elaborate or strikingly minimalist. This 1940s Hector Aguilar version is wrought in sterling and even though its ornamentation is kept at a bare minimum, its rendition is sculptural, an attribute that is enhanced by oxidation and the patina of time. Even better, it is adjustable and there is enough “belt” there to make it several sizes bigger though it can also be smaller…   Size/Weight: currently sz 7.5 US yet fully adjustable; buckle is 5/8″ square; 7.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with maker’s conjoined initials in a circle formed by “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING” (see Hougart, Little Book of Mexican Silver, e-edition, p. 14, A-12); 1943-48 Condition: very good vintage with nice, crisp...

Los Castillo pluma azteca Mexican silver and feathers iris Pin Brooch

By in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches |

The first one in a small collection of Los Castillo pluma azteca brooches I had the pleasure to discover, this is a generously sized piece featuring a colorful iris in full bloom. There is something magical about jewelry of this type. The delicate translucence of the colored feathers creates the impression that you are looking through gauze into the world of fairies and unicorns. And the minimalism that is almost inherent in the designs leaves so much to your imagination…   Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ in diameter; 25.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name and “TAXCO”; not marked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed to be sterling silver; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with the feathers retaining their vivid colors, protected between their resin cover, having nice patina, good size and no damage nor any repairs noted   SOLD – Thank you!...