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modernist Mexican silver and onyx Necklace in an Antonio Pineda design

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

Heavy Mexican silver and black onyx modernist necklace, this is a 1980s copy of an Antonio Pineda original. The necklace’s trapezoidal links are graduated in size and strung as tight as is necessary to allow it to sit perfect around the neck. The central links, thirteen in number, hold cabochons set in raised bezels. Very nicely made, a necklace that epitomizes the less-is-more attitude that characterizes a lot of Antonio’s designs…   Size/Weight: 16″ long (wearable); width between 1″ and 5/8″; 223.0 grams (on a postal scale) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s registration code as shown as well as “TAXCO MEXICO” and “925”; 1980s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, imposing presence, its onyx cabs securely set in their bezels with no damage or repairs noted   Offered at 445.00 Contact us about this...

Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Pin Brooch

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Classy Mexican Deco silver and amethyst brooch signed by Fred Davis, there is something about the sculpturality of this piece that makes me think it might be a Valentin Vidaurreta design. It is not just the specific shape the amethyst flowers have been carved in that can be seen in signed Vidaurreta jewelry, it is mostly the bewitching rotundness of the silver bud that makes me think so. The epitome of Mexico City 1930s design in which it’s not the multitude or complexity of elements that creates the aesthetic impact but the perfection in execution and, quite often, the scale…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ tall by 2 1/4″ wide; 28.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Davis’s initials as shown as well as “SILVER MEXICO”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with patina to die for, impressive sculptural quality, gorgeous stones with no damage and no...

heavy Mexican Deco silver Bracelet with tulip cut-outs

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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

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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,...