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Miguel Melendez Mexican silver Necklace ~ Taxco modernist alexandrites cluster

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Classically elegant with its free-flowing, minimalist mod lines this necklace showcases the expertise that Miguel Melendez acquired during the long years he spent working for Spratling, the Los Castillo family and Margot de Taxco, whose taller he ended up managing. Made of sterling silver adorned with faceted simulated alexandrites (in fact, color-change corundum) the necklace is a veritable eye-catcher. The stones are big, open-backed and hand-prong set. They mimic natural alexandrites in that they change color under different light conditions – traveling from an almost burgundy amethyst to steely purple. Fantastic design and impeccable execution…   Size/Weight: very comfortable 15″ long (wearable; could even be 15 1/4″ or 15 1/2″ due to the dip just above the triple dangle); dangle station itself is 1 1/2″ wide and adds a 2 3/8″ drop to the...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver “cosmos” or “cage” Necklace

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One of my favorite Antonio Pineda necklaces and a stunning modernist design at that, the “cosmos” is often referred to as the “cage” as well. It seems that Antonio himself intended its name to be the former, “cosmos”, which is the Greek word for both “the world” as well as “adornment” – and it makes sense, don’t you think? As opposed to a “cage” which by definition denotes restriction of movement and rigidity, the necklace at hand is so comfortable to wear and because of the way it is articulated, sits beautifully around the neck. The design’s minimalism is tempered by the lusciousness of its curves and the architecturality of the silver “ties” that help the festoon design take shape…   Size/Weight: approx. 17″ in inner circumference (might even be 17  1/2″ but...

rare La Joya Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet

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A stunner of a bracelet, this early Mexican Deco beauty is signed by La Joya, a maker whose pieces do not come up very often but is known to have worked in the early part of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. I suspect that they might have been based in Taxco – the style is definitely reminiscent of jewelry produced there – but more research needs to be done before we can say for sure. What is more than obvious though is the high level of craftsmanship, the impeccable attention to detail and the regal presence of the bracelet at hand. Old type of clasp with a sturdy pin holding the two wings together, great patina that accentuates the geometric overlay and luscious, big amethyst cabs with clouding and inclusions – just magical…   Size/Weight: 6  5/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1  5/8″ wide; 119.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s...

Los Castillo Mexican Deco silver tussie mussie Pin Brooch, cornucopia

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Deco Los Castillo sterling silver repousse “tussie mussie” brooch, this is a darling piece, evocative of times when people were more romantic and took the time to show it in the way they dressed. Shaped like a cornucopia, the brooch is open at the top of the horn so that – at least that was the idea – the wearer could put a small flower in it or even a tiny little bouquet. I love these little touches of yesterday’s world, obsolete as what they represent might be…   Size/Weight: 2 3/4″ tall by 2 1/16″ wide; 26.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked with the taller’s early signature in straight line as well as “TAXCO”, “STERLING MEXICO” and des. no 110; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with no flaws or repairs noted, great sculpturality in the repoussage, fantastic patina that is enhanced with oxidation and very...

classic Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver obsidian “mask” Pin Brooch

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Classic Fred Davis Mexican silver brooch from the designer’s Deco period, its tiered triangular platform holding in place a carved, minimalist “mask” of golden sheen obsidian. If there is one design that epitomizes Davis’s work and his aesthetics, I believe that the “mask” it is. Absolutely Deco – even in the combination of silver with a black stone – this is a small work of art and a brooch that defies the whims of time and fashion. The very essence of elegance…   Size/Weight: 1 7/8″ wide by 1 1/8″ tall; 14.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with Davis’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “SILVER” and “MADE IN MEXICO”; 1920s-30s Condition: excellent vintage with a flawless mask, geometry that has you go back and look over and over again, with great patina and no damage or repairs noted  ...

La Cucaracha Mexican silver Cuff Bracelet ~ Taxco design with cut outs and beading

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I recently wrote that La Cucaracha, a retailer of high quality jewelry in Taxco, Mexico, is one of those signatures that one does not encounter very often as one hunts for vintage Mexican treasures. And here I am, presenting my second cuff bracelet of theirs in just the span of a few days. Yet this is the way things happen some times – you might be looking for something for years and not find anything and then, all of a sudden, you bump into two or three coveted examples. The cuff is made out of silver sheet with very good thickness to it and its designer capitalized on cut-outs, wirework and beading to create a bracelet with powerful presence and distinct three-dimensional appeal…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (including the 1″ gap; quite sturdy due to the gauge of silver used, it might lend itself to being resized but I would advise to have it done by...