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early William Spratling Mexican 980 silver Ring ~ crowned pyramid

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

Bearing a combination of hallmarks that dates it around 1939 this William Spratling ring is wrought in high purity .980 silver and has developed the most amazing patina during its long and – I am sure – happy life. According to Goddard, Spratling used to refer to this design as the “crowned pyramid”, an appellation that makes more sense if one looks at the matching bracelet from above as it lays on a flat surface. Not an over-complicated design, it does, however, gain sculpturality and substantial physical presence thanks to the raised rolled rim that surrounds the flat-top pyramid at its center. Classy, classic and worthy of the best collection…   Size/Weight: sz 7.5 US (a good jewelry could probably resize it but they would have to do it so as to not impact the hallmarks); face is 1″ by 5/8″; 8.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: combination of...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver Lascaux hunters Necklace

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

Antonio Pineda’s “velvet cord” necklace line always impressed me – the marrying of steely, glistening silver with the plush suppleness of velvet, the absolute domination of silver and black, the elegance of its minimalism is one of the renowned maestro’s most successful endeavors. The Lascaux hunters adorning this massive, axe-shaped pendant necklace are outlined in shadow-box and jump out of their fine background, tense and on edge as their ancient adventure unfolds. And the hand-hammered, spear-shaped silver tips of the velvet cord are the perfect finishing touch to an already superb creation…   Size/Weight: 27″ long (from arrow-head end to arrow-head end); pendant is 5″ wide and adds a 2 1/2″ drop to the cord; 98.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Antonio’s crown signature, des. no YY 581, Eagle 17, 970 SILVER...

huge Mexican Deco silver repousse Pin Brooch ~ Matl style double rose with amethyst

By in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches |

By definition romantic and delicate flowers in Mexican silver jewelry have a distinctly powerful presence that attracts the eye and holds the gaze captive. And when a piece is wrought in the Mexico City style of repoussage like the brooch at hand, those floral motifs acquire an earthy fleshiness that defies all notions of fragility and helplessness – just like the independent, daring female of the Deco revolution! The execution of the double roses in this pin reminds me a lot of the way Matilde Poulat treated her roses yet the tell-tale chasing is more discrete here and limited to the outer row of petals while the rest of the flowers as well as the thorny stems and leaves are more in line with Taxco’s version of the technique…   Size/Weight: 3 5/8″ tall by 3″ wide; 35.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “MEXICO SILVER”; 1930s-40s Condition:...

Los Castillo Mexican silver mozaico Azteca Earrings

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Sweet-as-can-be Los Castillo sterling silver earrings in a leaf and bead design executed employing the mozaico Azteca technique. Azur-malachite, the stone used for the inlay here, is one of my favorite stones. I find the mixing of saturated blues and greens rich and pleasing to the eye and here the two colors are complemented by an earthy khaki/brown as well. Beautifully made as all Los Castillo jewelry are the earrings have presence and are easy to wear…   Size/Weight: 1 1/4″ long by 3/4″ wide; 12.1 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with the Los Castillo signature as well as “STERLING MADE IN MEXICO”, “MOZAICO AZTECA” and des. no 113; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with rich, saturated colors in the inlay that is all there, free of damage or repairs and having nice patina   Offered at $90.00...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver modernist hinged Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Unadulterated commitment to minimalism – this is the statement this Antonio Pineda modernist bracelet makes. I have sold this specific design a couple of times in the past but its unpretentious beauty never fails to impress me. Wrought in the maestro’s favorite .970 alloy, it has had a long, happy life and is now waiting for its next caretaker…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (clasped); just shy of 1″ wide; 110.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Antonio’s crown, “SILVER 970”, des. no ZZ 833 and Eagle 17 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with beautiful patina, no damage or repairs noted but with two most imperceptible, light, very small impressions in one of the wings – they are not readily noticeable yet I am mentioning it for accuracy and their existence is reflected in my...

rare Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver malachite Olmec mask Pin Brooch

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

It is a rare occurrence to find a Fred Davis brooch that is inspired by Olmec art and I am thrilled to be presenting this example here. Set in a classically Deco, tiered sterling frame, the “mask” is carved out of malachite that is left unpolished, and fit in its bezel with a band across the forehead keeping it securely in place. The stone has beautiful striations and as you can see, it also had a natural fissure in it that has popped revealing some of the black inclusions in the malachite. Though visible, it bestows the brooch the aura of ancient treasures unearthed after centuries of being hidden from sight rather than mar its serenely austere beauty…   Size/Weight: 1 7/8″ wide by 1 1/4″ tall; 17.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with Fred Davis’s conjoined initials as well as “SILVER” and “MADE IN...