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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst repousse starburst Necklace

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Beautifully made Mexican Deco sterling silver repousse necklace, its pendant shaped as a starburst with three big, teardrop amethysts, this is not a design that comes up very often. I would not be exaggerating if I said that the attention to detail and the level of craftsmanship evident here bespeak the anonymous maestro’s command over their art. Just note the graduated levels that form the starburst and the way the little silver sphere at the center of the chain links softens the austere geometry of the lozenge. The stones are open-backed to make the most of the light and the whole ensemble a pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: 17″ long (wearable); starburst pendant is 2 3/4″ wide and adds a drop of 2 1/4″ to the chain; 41.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker (which baffles me!) but marked “STERLING MADE IN MEXICO” with...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver and obsidian 2-strand bead Necklace

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Among Taxco’s classiest designs, Sigi Pineda’s brushed silver bead necklaces come in single or multiple strands and if one is lucky enough, one can bump into the sets that include removable sterling clasps adorned with polished golden sheen obsidian. The full necklace set of that specific design includes four strands of beads in graduated lengths and two clasps. The biggest can hold up to four lstrands and can be worn by itself as a brooch or pendant. The smaller is the one shown here with two strands and it’s a sweet-heart! I love the textured surface of the silver “pearls”, all strung on sterling chain, and the golden brown depths of the obsidian. You can easily enjoy it with the clasp on the back or on the side as I have tried to show in the photos. Either way, the necklace will keep its place and look stunning…   Size/Weight: 16 1/8″ long...

rare Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Necklace Bracelet set ~ geometric knot des. 5384

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A very difficult design to find, Margot de Taxco’s no 5384 is sheer geometry and a celebration of dark, rich oxidation. It is understandable then that I am thrilled to be presenting the necklace and bracelet demi here. Raised sterling bands around the perimeter of the cut-out design lend three-dimensional appeal to both pieces which is further accentuated by the black surfaces they define. This is by far my favorite “knot” design of hers; not too simple, not overwhelmingly complicated – just guaranteed attention grabber. And the proportions of the bracelet are to die for. A must-have for the discerning collector and lover of all things beautiful alike…   Size/Weight: necklace: 16 1/2″ (wearable; might even feel a little more comfortable due to the dip at center front); central “knot” link is 3″ wide and adds a 1 7/8″ drop to...

Mexican Deco silver repousse masquette with female figures Cuff Bracelet

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Classic Mexican Deco silver repousse “masquette” cuff bracelet in the style associated with Maciel and Sanborn’s, this is an unsigned piece and it is quite unusual in its ornamentation. Though the carved “jade” (dyed calcite) mask set at center front is quite often found in this type of jewelry, what is rare is the full-size female figures that flank the stone. This is a very folky representation of a woman wearing a long dress and holding leaves and tendrils (could they be snakes?) in her hands. Evocative of Matilde Poulat’s earthy designs accentuated by stippling, chasing and oxidation the repousse motifs that cover the cuff’s surface are strong and eye-catching…   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/4″ gap; this is made of silver sheet with good thickness so I wouldn’t advise trying to adjust it...

Miguel Martinez for Rancho Alegre Mexican silver modernist Pendant Necklace

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“Happy” Miguel Martinez modernist silver pendant necklace that the maestro created for Rancho Alegre, this is a piece generous in proportions and reveals – at least to me! – another facet of its creator’s rich personality. I have written before that Martinez is one of those Taxco modernists that collectors should zoom into. His talent is unbelievable not only in creating perfectly finished jewelry but also in working with gems and developing for them the most amazing settings. In the pendant necklace at hand, he tries his hand in a style that is closer to Ledesma’s vernacular yet the creature’s smiling face is so different. Please note that the pendant can be taken off the chain so you can easily combine the latter with another of your treasures…   Size/Weight: 22″ long (for the chain); pendant is 2 5/8″ tall by 2 1/8″...

Felipe Martinez Piedra y Plata Mexican silver carved obsidian mask Pin / Pendant

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Unsurpassed lapidary work and fleshy, confident repoussage combine in the Piedra y Plata / Felipe Martinez pin / pendant I am thrilled to be presenting here. Martinez’s work does not come up often and its is avidly collected and sought out for the sheer perfection each piece represents. Teased out of golden sheen obsidian that reveals its glistening depths as you tilt the brooch in different directions, the ancient face seems lost in meditation, serene in its knowledge it will survive the ravages of time. Wrapped in leaves and curly locks of repousse silver, it quietly enjoys the luxury of a pendant earring…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide; 43.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Martinez’s and the taller’s name, “STERLING TAXCO”, des. no 112 as well as Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with...