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classic Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and turquoise Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Classic Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and turquoise bracelet in a design that is considered an iconic creation for the renowned designer, especially in this combination of materials. A row of repousse florets with stone hearts comfortably hugs the wrist and conforms to its movements freely. The turquoise cabs have developed an interesting variation of hues over the years which, in combination for the warmly glowing patina, adds character and a certain “life experience” to the bracelet. Need I say more?   Size / Weight: 7 1/4″ long (wearable) by 9/16″ wide; 31.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “SILVER MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, great color in the turquoise cabs which are all securely set in their bezels with no problems, easy to wear, with no damage and no...

rare Mexican silver and stone Pin Brooch ~ WWII US Army officer’s visor cap

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

One of the pieces that were made around WWII, I believe, this Mexican silver and carved dyed calcite brooch is such a find! Shaped like a US Army officer’s visor cap, complete with the appropriate insignia, it recounts part of the relationship the two countries had during those difficult times albeit in its jewelry version. The fact is that during WWII and due to the restrictions on the availability of metals which were dedicated to the war effort, many US jewelry manufacturers and big retailers had their jewelry made in Mexico. Coro had whole lines crafted at Hector Aguilar’s workshop; Marcel Boucher’s “Parisina” line was also made in Mexico; and it is said that Spratling was commissioned to produce dogtags for the American soldiers…   Size / Weight: 2″ wide by 1 3/8″ tall; 29.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MADE IN MEXICO”; not...

Mexican Deco silver and amethyst foliate Necklace Earrings set

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces, Rings/earrings |

Surprisingly comfortable in length for a vintage Mexican necklace of this period, this Deco sterling silver and amethyst foliate beauty comes with its matching earrings. There is something very powerful in the meticulously (albeit with a certain endearing naivete) hand-cut and chased leaf motifs prevalent in the design. Maybe it’s the leaves’ serrated edges; maybe it’s the confident way they combine with the beading and amethyst cabs to form the necklace’s central station and the elegant earrings. Be that as it may, what we have here is an excellent – and rare in its design – early Mexican Deco demi…   Size / Weight: necklace is 17 1/4″ long (wearable; length can also be adjusted downwards); central station is 3″ wide with a drop of 2″; width at the chain is 3/4″; earrings are 1 1/4″ long by just shy of 1″...

Casa Prieto Mexican silver and amethyst Pin Brooch ~ swallow and heart

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

Swallows hold within their slender, elegant little bodies tender memories of my childhood in Greece – they are considered the most important harbingers of spring and symbolize regeneration, hope and the assurance that sun-filled days will always follow the darkest hours of winter. For the Victorians, they represented faithfulness and the promise of a loved-one’s return and as a motif, they were widely used in sentimental jewelry. This stunning Mexican Deco silver repousse version captures the bird at mid-flight, its bifurcated tail and extended wings helping it ride the winds to deliver the love token it carries. And what a statement that heart-shaped charm with its amethyst cabochon makes…   Size / Weight: 3 1/2″ beak to tail; 3 3/8″ wing span; heart token adds a 3/4″ drop and is 1/2″ wide; 22.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: “CASA...

Los Castillo Mexican silver onix negro Necklace ~ mod fish and bubble dsgn

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

Fun and perfect for this summer – especially if you decide to stay away from beaches! – this mod sterling silver “fish with air bubble” necklace by Los Castillo comes out of the workshop’s “onix negro” line of jewelry. I find this technique fascinating – it poses a big challenge to the lapidary’s and silversmith’s abilities as the onyx slab has to be carved out precisely to the dimensions of the sterling inlay that will be set in it. The transition from one material to the other has to be perfectly smooth and seamless and we can always count on the Los Castillo to achieve the effect. Interestingly enough, it seems that here the stone was also treated with a dark brown glaze that made it look like rosewood, which was also used in Mexican jewelry at the time, Spratling being its first and foremost, I believe, proponent…  ...

Los Castillo Mexican silver onix negro modernist Bracelet

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Out of a small Los Castillo “onix negro” jewelry collection I acquired a little time ago, this mod bracelet is perfect for the medium to smaller wrist. Its thick links remind me of mahjong tiles and I am captivated by their minimalist geometry. Easy to wear yet definitely a bracelet whose weight feels warm and familiar when you have it on – the perfect accessory to add that little bit of style to make it special…   Size / Weight: 6 3/8″ long (wearable) by 1/2″ wide; 50.0 grams15″ long (wearable) by 1 1/8″ wide; 105.0 grams (on a postal scale) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shows as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “ONIX NEGRO”, des. no 30 and Eagle 15 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with the highest level of workmanship, great patina, a slick, contemporary design and no damage or repairs...