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dramatic Mexican silver repousse Necklace ~ a veritable Taxco Deco treasure

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

Early, “unsigned” Taxco beauties are one of my passion and I am thrilled to present this stunning necklace here! I could never exaggerate the visual impact this piece has – just look at the wide links, the deep recesses in the repoussage, the accent beading, the perfect oxidation. Worthy of the best of collections…   Size/Weight: 15  3/4″ long (wearable; actual length is 16  1/8″) by 1  1/4″ wide; 68.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: “TAXCO 925” and “STERLING MADE IN MEXICO”; 1930s-early 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic presence, great patina and no damage or repairs   Offered at $525.00 Contact us about this...

early Matl Matilde Poulat silver Necklace repousse “palomas y rosa” design

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Dating in the pre-1948 period this gorgeous Matl “palomas y rosa” necklace showcases Poulat’s distinctive textured repoussage and is adorned with channel- and bezel-set coral and turquoise. Matilde’s ability to ascribe a folky “earthiness” to her jewelry without sacrificing visual interest or compromising in the level of craftsmanship is more than evident here. The repousse doves are vivid, the rose is vibrant and the stones have wonderful color with the turquoise cabs exhibiting a variety of hues from green to blue…   Size/Weight: 18″ long (wearable); figural stations in the front are 6 1/2″ long by 2″ wide (at their widest); width at the chain is 3/8″ (again at its widest); 84.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks used by Poulat in the 1934-1948 period...

early Mexican Deco silver repousse pectoral Necklace with amethyst

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

An unsigned beauty yet undoubtedly one that hails from Mexico, the pectoral silver and amethyst necklace I am presenting here was probably made in Mexico City in the 1930s or very early 1940s. Made out of silver sheet with good thickness that has protected it from damage, it is carefully crafted and perfectly finished, its anonymous maestro having combined many design elements we will also used being used in Taxco’s classic period. Beading, scrolls, swirls and oxidation enhance the pronounced repoussage  with the big amethyst cabochon proudly occupying the center of the pectoral adding the perfect dash of color…   Size/Weight: 18  1/2″ long (difficult to measure accurately yet this is a quite generous in length necklace); pectoral part is 4  1/4″ wide with a drop of 2  3/4″; width at the chain is 3/4″; 80.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for...

Los Castillo Mexican silver Necklace teardrop cascade des. 649

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A cascade of teardrop dangles attracts the eye in this magnificent festoon necklace by Los Castillo. I have had this design once again in the past and can assure you that it sits perfectly around the neck and looks effortlessly regal. The example at hand is a generous choker size and I can provide a sterling extension that will add another 4″ to it so you can adjust it, if needed…   Size/Weight: original length around 16″-16 1/2″ (it is difficult to measure accurately); with sterling extension up to 20   1/2″; multi-tiered festoon iswidth of 6 1/2″ wide with a 4 1/4″ drop; 81.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with the taller’s signature, Eagle 15 assay mark and des. no 649; 1950s Condition: excellent vintage with no damage nor any repairs, fantastic patina and the quality and attention to detail Los Castillo jewelry is known and...

modernist Erling Christophersen silver and jasper Necklace ~ Studio Plus, Norway

By in Necklaces, US/European |

Stunning in its captivating simplicity this vintage Erling Christophersen sterling silver necklace is comprised of a hefty pendant that hosts a polished jasper and a beautifully made, long chain. Christophersen led the Plus workshop in Fredrikstad, Norway, where Tone Vigeland apprenticed and was married to Anna Greta Eker…   Size/Weight: 27″ long (wearable); pendant adds a drop of 1 3/4″ and is 1 1/2″ wide; 55.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with no damage or repairs noted and a gorgeous stone     Offered at $370.00 Contact us about this...

1970s 800 silver brutalist Necklace ~ Italian or Polish modernism

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Vintage .800 silver brutalist necklace, this European – Polish or Italian? – example is an ode to texture and patina. One of the most tactile necklaces I have had over the years, its folded and crimped surface invites the touch as much as it captures the eye. A gorgeous piece and a veritable pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: very comfortable 15″ long (wearable; might even feel a little roomier due to the curve at center front); width between 1 1/4″ and 3/16″; 51.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: “800” with a second hallmark which is not legible to my eyes, possibly maker’s name or place of origin; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, a fantastic surface, very comfortable to wear and with no problems noted   Offered at $235.00 Contact us about this...