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slick Niels Erik From Danish silver cascading circles Collar Necklace

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Fantastic late 1960s – 1970s, I believe based on style, modernist sterling silver and ribbon long cascading circles collar necklace signed by Niels Erik From of Denmark. Scandinavian jewelry is one of my favorite genres – I love the slick, innovative design, the bold minimalism and the “honesty” of materials used so I am always on the look out for good examples. The collar necklace at hand is a stunning creation with its four sets of tangent circles cascading down the collar bone, hanging off an ax-form station at the top. The sterling component is presently accompanied by two lengths of cream-colored ribbon that tie at the back of the neck yet those can easily be changed for black velvet or whatever it is you like. Very unusual and quite a rare necklace by From to come upon – and from what I understand, this type of collar necklace is really really...

Los Ballesteros Mexican silver Pendant Necklace with carved azurite mask

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Set in a substantial “honeycomb” sterling silver frame the “mask” in this vintage Los Ballesteros pendant is carved out of azurite and like all Mexican “masks” of this type seems as if withdrawn to a different plane of existence. I have had a few pendants by this specific workshop in my years of dealing in Taxco jewelry and it is my experience that the “masks” are always different, even if ever so slightly. What remains a constant is the quality and heft of the silver work housing them and the imposing presence the pendants command not only because of their proportions but also due to the cleverly applied oxidation which enhances their three-dimensional quality. The example at hand is paired with a hand-made double rolo chain; of the same period as the pendant yet made by a different Taxco maestro it is a find in itself…  ...

long Peruzzi Italian Renaissance Revival silver Chain Necklace with carnelian beads

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Made in the opening decades of the 20th c. this Italian Renaissance Revival exuberant chain necklace is made of silver and adorned with filigree and carnelian beads. Though unsigned its quality leads me to believe that it was most probably made by the Peruzzi Bros. Peruzzi jewelry are always marked yet not when it comes to their long chains whether they were sold alone or accompanying pendants. What attracts me about this piece is not only its luxurious length but also the beautiful filigree work in the silver beads and the ornate caps that hold the carnelians in place. Graduated in size the stones themselves look like candy, their semi-translucence showing interesting inclusions and delicate color variation…   Size/Weight: 42 1/8″ long; 73.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker (see above for attribution) nor hallmarked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed...

Mexican Deco silver repousse Necklace ~ Hector Aguilar Taxco design

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Based on a classic, early Hector Aguilar design this Mexican Deco silver necklace features sculptural florals in an almost heart-shaped frame. One of my favorite creations in the famous designer’s career, it is executed here by an anonymous Taxco maestro whose craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident in the necklace’s quality. I absolutely love the patina that has made the recesses in each link more dramatic thus adding to their three-dimensional appearance. True to its vintage the necklace is a choker size but I have added a really nice sterling extension that makes it comfortable and easy to wear…   Size/Weight: 15 1/4″ – 18 1/2″ (adjstbl; wearable size without the extension is 15″); 1 1/8″ wide; 61.5 grams (with the extension) Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING MADE IN MEXICO” and des. no 108; pre-1948 Condition: excellent...

Los Ballesteros Mexican silver Necklace with faceted amethyst gems

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Exquisite Los Ballesteros Mexican silver necklace with geometric links cut out of thick sterling sheet, this piece is adorned with eight faceted, gem quality amethysts. Securely held in place with substantial prongs, the gems are open-backed to take advantage of the sparkle that light bestows to them as it filters through. This is a dressy necklace, elegant and eye-catching, and it has all the characteristics of the best Los Ballesteros jewelry. A pleasure to behold, it is also quite comfortable to wear because of its articulation and the fact that it is longer than most Mexican necklaces of this type…   Size/Weight: 16 5/8″ long (wearable); gems section is approx. 8″ long by 1″ wide; 93.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with the Los Ballesteros signature as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO” and “STERLING 925”; pre-1948 Condition:...

Celia Harms Mexican silver gilt charm Torque Necklace with amethyst, agate, lapis and coral

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It is a rare occurrence to happen upon a Celia Harms necklace – her bracelets, though scarce as well, are a little easier to find. Harms worked in the 1950s-60s in Veracruz yet based on what I have seen of hers, her jewelry has a distinct character while remaining within the wider context of 20th c. Mexican jewelry design. The torque necklace at hand, wrought of gilded sterling silver, is adorned by a luscious, layered charm pendant. Below the large polished agate there hangs a multitude of wire-wrapped tumbled amethysts and quartz of various colors; branches of coral; sodalite and lapis beads as well as an articulated fish charm and a filigree sphere. Perfect for those breezy summer nights on the beach, don’t you think?   Size/Weight: approx. 14 1/4″ – 14 1/2″ inner circumference (including the 2 1/8″ gap); pendant adds a 4 3/4″ drop to the...