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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...

rare Hector Aguilar Mexican copper round pyramids Necklace

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It is a rare occurrence when one comes upon a Hector Aguilar necklace wrought in copper yet if the stars align, nothing is impossible! Copper articles, including jewelry, holloware and home accessories, were crafted by many workshops in Taxco, the most famous of them not lagging behind. I suspect, however, that unlike silver jewelry, most straight copper pieces did not survive and I am thrilled to be presenting the necklace at hand. I am not sure whether this design was produced in silver as well but I can attest to the assertiveness of the copper version…   Size/Weight: 15 3/8″ long (wearable; might wear a little shorter due to the size of the links; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier and I think it could easily be extended with the appropriate copper extender); 1 1/4″ wide (diameter of the links); 114.5 grams (for reference only since there is no precious...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver Necklace ~ modernist Taxco mask design

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A talented Taxco maestro who worked for Aguilar as well as Miguel and Emma Melendez, Jose Luis Flores was best when he delved into the world of modernist design. Yet it is not only design that makes his jewelry desirable – it is also craftsmanship of the highest level and attention to finishing and detail. Minimalist masks, the links comprising the necklace presented here are created with clever cut-outs, beading and layering. Simple yet not simplistic… PS: The matching bracelet is also available and will be offered shortly – if you don’t see it, please ask!   Size/Weight: 16 3/8″ long (wearable) by 1/2″ wide; 58.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “JLF” as well as “STERLING TAXCO” and des. no 1026; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with slick, free flowing lines, impeccably crafted, having nice patina and...

Arte en Plata Mexican modernist silver owl Pendant Necklace ~ Taxco mixed metals and mozaico inlay

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Operated by the Jacopo brothers, Arte en Plata was a silver store based in Mexico City through which several independent maestros sold their work. There are a few specific designs that I have come to associate with the name over my years of dealing in vintage Mexican jewelry but even though they are characterized by a modernist flair, I had never encountered such a minimalist example as this owl pendant before. Modernism, mixed metals and azur-malachite inlay combine here to create the bird’s face with just a couple of … strokes. Graphic, impressive in its denuded strength, it is paired with a 1980s Mexican sterling neck ring which, I believe, is the perfect way to showcase it…   Size/Weight: pendant is 1 3/4″ tall (without the bail) by 1 7/8″ wide; it adds a 2″ drop to the neck ring; neck ring itself is 15 1/2″ in inner circumference...

modernist Mexican silver and onyx Necklace in an Antonio Pineda design

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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...

Los Ballesteros Mexican silver and amethyst Pendant Necklace with original chain

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It seems to me that this past year has witnessed a love affair bloom between me and the Los Ballesteros workshop! I find myself attracted to exceptional pieces they created and those pieces look like they are being directed to me. Be it hinged bracelets or pendant necklaces, like the example at hand, I happen upon them and I cannot resist. Please take a moment to study the amazing intricacy of the cut-outs that form the raised face of this pendant! Made more dramatic by the deep oxidation applied on the silver sheet that backs it, the designs pop and the faceted amethyst that centers them sparkles with enhanced intensity. There is a series of five pelicans holding fish in their beaks surrounding the gem – an interesting choice for the Los Ballesteros since I am used to seeing it more on Peruvian jewelry of this period. Big, bold, masterfully crafted, the pendant becomes even more...