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hefty Cheo Mexican silver modernist Necklace ~ Antonio Pineda design

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Strong industrial design catches the eye in this early modernist Mexican silver necklace signed by Cheo. Based on an Antonio Pineda original, the example presented here features thick green onyx glass bars set in heavy sterling links. Touching on brutalism, this is a less-is-more necklace that still makes a pretty impressive statement and is a joy to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: 16  3/8″ long (wearable) by 9/16″ wide; 86.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO TAXCO 925”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with strong geometry and presence, a beautiful, rich green in the glass bars, very nice patina and no damage or repairs noted     Offered at $300.00 Contact us about this...

25″ long Mexican Deco silver and caged azurite Necklace

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Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver sculptural masks Necklace with copper and abalone

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Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite early Taxco maestros and the necklace of silver, copper and abalone I am presenting here is truly sublime. Though we don’t know very much about him, I would not be surprised if he had worked for the Los Castillo and Margot de Taxco talleres since his jewelry is not only often based on designs produced by the former but is also always characterized by the same high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail and materials. A master of repoussage as is obvious here in the sculpturality of the copper Maya masks, he was equally ingenious in his combination of materials with shimmering “peacock” abalone inlay underscoring here the warm patina of the necklace’s sterling links…   Size/Weight: just shy of 15″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 15  1/4″; easily lengthened with an extension...

Los Castillo Mexican silver mixed metals figural Necklace ~ Taxco metales casados treasure

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I am very excited to be presenting this exceptional Los Castillo Mexican silver, copper and brass figural necklace today. Though mostly associated with Victoria (Ana Nunez de Brilanti) “metales casados”, as it seems, is one of the techniques that the Los Castillo experimented with and by the result in front of our collective eyes, they excelled in it too. This is a hefty, perfectly finished, thoroughly thought-out piece and the transition from copper to silver to brass is flawless. The “fallen god” with cascabeles is just the proverbial “cherry” on a tastefully put together, difficult to find Los Castillo necklace…   Size/Weight: 15″ inner circumference but because of its construction, it wears more like a 14 1/2″ necklace; pendant is 2 3/8″ wide and adds a 2 1/2″ drop to the necklace; 121.0 grams (on a postal scale)...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver Pendant Necklace with velvet cord ~ the Hunters

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Stunningly beautiful and quite bold in its proportions this Antonio Pineda .970 silver and velvet pendant necklace is inspired by cave drawings of pre-historic hunters like the ones in Lascaux. The massive axe-shaped pendant wrought employing the “shadow box” technique showcases slender black figures during the tense hours of a long ago completed hunt. The luscious velvet cord that complements it has hand-hammered arrow head tips at either end. Superb…   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; 105.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Antonio’s crown signature, des. no YY 581, Eagle 17, 970 SILVER and HECHO EN MEXICO; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage with no damage or repairs noted, stunning presence, the velvet cord as good as new and nice patina; the...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver modernist Necklace ~ “ribbon” pectoral

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In my opinion one of Sigi’s most exquisite creations, the “wave” or “ribbon” necklace I am presenting here is an iconic piece for the maestro and one of Taxco’s best modernist moments. Going back to the classic “pectoral” form yet stripping away all but the most essential design elements, Sigi combines matte sterling surfaces with undulating ribbon appliqués and dramatic niello accents in a veritable masterpiece…   Size/Weight: 14  1/2″ – 14 3/4″ long (wearable; designed such as to have the pectoral sit on the collar bone; incredibly comfortable when worn, however, due to its articulated construction); pectoral part is 4  3/8″ wide and its drop at center front reaches 1  3/8″; 109.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: Sigi’s name as shown alongside “HECHO EN MEXICO”, des. no 60 and Eagle 3 assay...