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rare Lico Mexican Deco silver repousse Necklace

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  An early Mexican maestro ( or workshop) about whom we don’t really know much other than that they worked both before and after 1948, Lico is one of those makers whose work does not come up often. I have had a few pieces with that signature in the past and they have been bold, big examples of very good repoussage. Here the scale is a little tamer than what I am used to with Lico jewelry but it results in a necklace that is as much a pleasure to look at as it is easy to wear. Longer than most Taxco chokers of this period, it can easily be lengthened with the addition of a sterling extension which I will be more than happy to provide, should you need it…   Size/Weight: 15 3/4″ long (wearable; once clasped it becomes a little roomier at just shy of 16″; easily lengthened to 20″ with a sterling extension that I can provide); 3/4″ wide; 52.5 grams...

classic Mexican Deco silver and “jade” bead Necklace

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Habitually referred to as “Mexican jade” the green stone beads in this early Deco necklace are in fact dyed calcite. They are alternated with hand-made sterling beads to form a classy, timelessly elegant choker that, in our case, is also generous enough in length. I love the color variation in the striations of the stone and the tell-tale signs of the silversmith’s hand as he worked the silver beads. All strung on metal chain (it could be silver but I don’t have enough space to properly test), all of the same diameter more or less, all in excellent condition…   Size/Weight: 17 1/8″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier approx. 17 5/8″); diameter of silver beads 1/2″; diameter of stone beads slightly bigger or similar; 82.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “SILVER MEXICO”; 1920s-30s Condition: excellent...

Carmen Beckmann Mexican silver and amethyst modernist Necklace

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I love looking for good examples designed by the few Ladies of Taxco that we know of. And Carmen Beckmann is one of my favorite, especially because she was not afraid to experiment with different styles. The sterling necklace at hand is modernist, very frugal in its design elements, almost Machine Age – but then there is the lusciousness of that deep purple in the amethyst cabochons. Strong presence, good weight, great stones, wear it with jeans or with your little black dress, the result will be always stunning…   Size/Weight: 16 1/2″ long (wearable; once clasped it becomes a little roomier, maybe by a 1/4″ or so); 11/16″ wide; 88.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature, as shown, as well as “MEXICO STERLING”; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with bold geometric presence, great patina, strong color in all the stones, no damage...

Mexican Deco Taxco silver repousse pectoral Necklace

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Pre-1948 Mexican silver pectoral necklace in the style closely associated with Taxco and several of the big talleres, the Los Castillo, Margot de Taxco and Gerardo Lopez being among them. There is no maker’s signature here but I would like to think that it was made by one of the maestros working for those famous workshops. This is a carefully, lovingly made necklace with good repoussage and good finishing.  It has acquired a silky patina over its long life and though incredibly impressive to the eye, it is not cumbersome to wear as it is also a little longer than your usual Taxco Deco necklace…   Size/Weight: 16  1/2″ long (wearable; might even feel a little roomier due to the dip in the design at center front); pectoral part is 4  1/8″ wide and has a drop of 3″; width at the chain is 1/2″; 80.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply signed “TAXCO...

vintage Mexican silver and amethyst modernist Necklace, Taxco Ledesma style design

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Slick modernist design with some beautiful lapidary work make this modernist Mexican silver and amethyst necklace a must-have for your jewelry box. Undoubtedly based on an original Enrique Ledesma design which is quite difficult to find with this specific stone, the necklace achieves a seamless transition from sterling to amethyst while the foiling on the back of the stones makes their depths sparkle with a bright purple light. What a treat…   Size/Weight: 15 1/4″ long (wearable); central part with the amethysts is 4 3/8″ long with a drop of 1″; width at the chain 5/16″; 39.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed for maker yet illegibly as you can see but the “925” is clear in the photo; pre-1948 as I don’t see an Eagle assay mark Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful stones, very nice lapidary work, great patina and no damage or repairs...

Mexican silver modernist Necklace Earrings set, Ledesma style Taxco niello

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In the style closely associated with Enrique Ledesma yet signed by one of his contemporary Taxco maestros this stunning sterling silver necklace and earrings set epitomizes the slick modernism of Mexico’s mid-century. Designs in this genre capitalize on the stark contrast between highly polished, reflective silver and dark, heavily oxidized surfaces and the visual drama that it creates. Here curved lines and angles, light and darkness come together and then veer off in opposing directions like brushstrokes on a minimalist canvas…   Size/Weight: approx. 15″ long (wearable; difficult to measure accurately due to the dip in the necklace’s front); central station is 3  1/8″ wide with a drop of 2  3/4″; earrings are approx. 1  1/4″ square; 62.0 grams (for the set on a postal scale) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “HMO” as well...