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Mexican Deco silver and carved obsidian idol Pendant Necklace

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I have had this Mexican Deco idol pendant for quite some time and I always thought of it as carved out of black onyx yet, to my delight, as I was photographing it, I discovered that it is in fact a golden sheen obsidian little artifact! Obsidian is a volcanic glass, very hard and brittle at the same time, and it takes all the patience and concentration of a skilled maestro to carve. Think of it as an amulet (quite appropriate nowadays, right?); think of it as a miniature piece of art; think of it as a tiny fragment of a people’s cultural history – any which way you look at it, it is simply precious…   Size/Weight: chain necklace is 24″ long; pendant is 2″ long by 7/8″ wide and adds a 2 1/4″ drop to the chain; 20.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: pendant is signed with maker’s initials as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO...

Mexican silver and tiger’s eye Necklace Bracelet set in an Antonio Pineda mod design

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Obviously inspired by modernist design and more specifically by one of Antonio Pineda’s creations this set of sterling silver and tiger’s eye necklace and bracelet was made in Taxco in the time the renowned maestro was also active. Signed by one of those maestros who are known to us by their initials only – and of course, the work they left behind – the demi is such a treat to the eye and so easy to wear! I am very attracted to tiger’s eye – it is probably my sweet tooth talking here but don’t these cabs look like little pools of molten caramel? The necklace and bracelet came to me together and there is no reason for me to doubt that they actually started their life as a pair as well. So I decided that they should keep trailing through life as a seasoned, loyal couple. And if I may suggest? You could even clasp the two pieces together and...

32″ Mexican silver and tumbled caged stones Necklace

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Miguel Melendez Mexican silver blue spinel mod Necklace ~ Taxco ribbon wave

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An undulating sterling ribbon set with a big, deep aqua blue spinel forms the central station of this Miguel Melendez Mexican silver modernist necklace. During his long career maestro Melendez worked for Spratling, the Los Castillo and Margot de Taxco, for the latter as her workshop manager. In my opinion one of the most talented Taxco modernists, Miguel Melendez is at his best when he creates free-flowing, almost ethereal jewelry adorned with open-back faceted gemstones. The necklace at hand I have had in the past in its amethyst version but I love the intense color of the spinel here – perfect for the warm summer nights by the sea…   Size/Weight: 17 3/4″ long (wearable); central station is 3 3/8″ wide with a drop of 1 3/8″; 38.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: Miguel’s initial “m” in script as well as “TAXCO”, “STERLING”...

Taxco 980 Mexican silver Aguilar design Locket Pendant Necklace with azur malachite

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Early, heavy, wrought in fine purity .980 silver the stupendous chain in this pendant necklace is obviously based on Hector Aguilar’s “v” link design. Simply bearing a raised mark for Taxco and the metal content hallmark, it is without any doubt comparable to the renowned maestro’s original both in heft as well as in level of craftsmanship and quality of materials used. Its deep and careful hand-chased details reflect the warmly ornamentation on the locket pendant I have paired it with. Of the same period yet made out of sterling silver, the pendant is a wonderful thing. Deeply oxidized, its circular platform enhances the glow of the wire-work, beading, shell and floral appliques and underlines the saturated blues and greens of the azur-malachite stone. Often called “poison lockets” pieces like this most probably held hidden photos of loved ones or...

David Andersen sterling silver Pendant Necklace on Kupitaan Kulta Neck ring

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Vintage sterling silver three-part articulated David Andersen pendant in a minimalist rendition of an ancient Norse design, this piece came to my possession with the understanding that it was a David Andersen set since it was accompanied by its sterling neck ring. So I brought it home and it stayed with me for a while until, after I photographed it to list it, I realized that the neck ring bears, in fact, the signature of Kupitaan Kulta and is Finnish instead of Norwegian. Much more difficult to find, Kupitaan Kulta neck rings look so much like their D-A counterparts yet, at least this one, does not have the hand-hammered finish Andersen examples usually have. I thought long and hard on whether I should separate the two but in the end opted for keeping the set together. After all, it seems to have been a very successful marriage; both pieces are Scandinavian, of the same period, in the...