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heavy Mexican Deco silver Bracelet with tulip cut-outs

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Exceptional quality and an unusual design that brings to mind Hector Aguilar characterize this Mexican Deco sterling silver bracelet. Signed by a listed yet still unidentified maestro, its heart-shaped links are made of very thick silver sheet with cut-outs of hand-chased tulips , their floral heads leaning inwards to gently touch the skin. A bracelet that bespeaks the craftsmanship of its maker and the pride the early Taxco maestros took in their work…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped); 1 1/8″ wide; 81.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “A.L.” as well as “STERLING” and “TAXCO 925”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage, beautiful in its simple yet strong design, very generous in weight, with warmly glowing patina and no damage or repairs noted   Offered at 250.00 Contact us about this...

Los Castillo Mozaico Azteca Mexican silver modernist Ring

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

Modernist Los Castillo Mexican silver ring with azurite and malachite inlay in the Mozaico Azteca style, this is an exercise in modernist geometry. There is something distinctly zen, if you allow me the term, in the circle-in-circle design that dominates the flat ring face. Quite elemental still impressive because of the intense colors in the inlay, it has been well-loved and enjoyed during its long life…   Size/Weight: sz 10 (possibly resizable but not dramatically, if you need to make it smaller); face is 3/4″ in diameter; 15.2 grams.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: “LOS CASTILLO”, “925 MEXICO” and Eagle 3, which the Los Castillo used yet also signed with initials “SMM”; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with great patina and light scratches in the silver shank as expected of a well-loved, thoroughly enjoyed ring yet no damage and no...

early Taxco 980 Mexican Deco silver repousse hinged Bracelet

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Early Taxco repousse jewelry from the beginnings of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance are getting hard to find, especially when they are superbly crafted in high purity, 980 silver like the hinged work of art presented here. I am doubly excited for this find because it is exactly that – an amazing, unexpected find! Fleshy repoussage, crisply delineated, unfolds in powerful twists and turns. Wrought in thick silver sheet that has kept them unmarred over the decades the two “wings” are held together with an old type pin clasp. Heavy and generously wide, with surprise asymmetrical cuts along its lower perimeter, the bracelet is a pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ inner circumference (clasped); 2″ wide; 122.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “TAXCO 980”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with imposing...

huge Los Ballesteros Mexican silver and smokey quartz Ring

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Stupendous Los Ballesteros modernist ring wrought in sterling silver and housing a huge smokey quartz faceted gem in a towering setting! I love “kapow” rings and this one is the epitome of the … word. A veritable show-stopper, a ring that does not need anything else to support it when you dress to impress. I will rest my case here and leave the rest to the photos…   Size/Weight: comfortable sz 6 (your jeweler would be able to re-size it for you but you might lose part of the hallmarks yet not the Los Ballesteros signature); face is 15/16″ in diameter; gallery rises approx. 1/2″ off finger; 17.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with the Los Ballesteros logo as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING 925” and Eagle 47 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with strong design, a fantastic gem, beautiful patina,...

Los Ballesteros Mexican silver and amethyst Pendant Necklace with original chain

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

It seems to me that this past year has witnessed a love affair bloom between me and the Los Ballesteros workshop! I find myself attracted to exceptional pieces they created and those pieces look like they are being directed to me. Be it hinged bracelets or pendant necklaces, like the example at hand, I happen upon them and I cannot resist. Please take a moment to study the amazing intricacy of the cut-outs that form the raised face of this pendant! Made more dramatic by the deep oxidation applied on the silver sheet that backs it, the designs pop and the faceted amethyst that centers them sparkles with enhanced intensity. There is a series of five pelicans holding fish in their beaks surrounding the gem – an interesting choice for the Los Ballesteros since I am used to seeing it more on Peruvian jewelry of this period. Big, bold, masterfully crafted, the pendant becomes even more...

long Pedro Castillo Mexican modernist fish bone dangle Earrings

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There is minimalism and then there is … bare bones minimalism – in our case, bare fish bones! Very popular around the middle of the 20th c., fish skeleton jewelry were created by many Taxco maestros, from the “big name” designers to the “less celebrated” ones and by anonymous silversmiths as well. Yet with this set of dangle earrings Pedro Castillo pushed abstraction to its outer limits. There is nothing here that resembles a fish head; nothing that resembles a tail and still, it only takes one look to recognize a fish skeleton. I call that design fluency…   Size/Weight: 2 5/16″ long by 3/4″ wide; 11.4 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: Pedro Castillo’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “MADE IN MEXICO TAXCO” and “STERLING”; ca 1950 Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, strong, graphic...