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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...

Peruzzi style Italian Deco silver griffins and masks Pendant Necklace with sodalite

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For the discerning Thespians and theater-lovers out there a must-have Italian Renaissance Revival pendant necklace in silver feauturing a big sodalite cabochon and three dangling ancient comedy / tragedy masks. Very popular in the first decades of the 20th c. as mementos from one’s Grand Tour, this type of jewelry is associated with the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros but they were made by a number of Italian workshops and come in all degrees of quality. The casting in the pendant at hand has good detail with the griffins and florals easily readable to the eye; it has been carefully finished as well and set with a stone whose purple blue color is deep and rich. I have paired it with an ornate chain of the same period and style but had to add a newer spring ring clasp to it because the original was missing…   Size/Weight: pendant is just shy of 3 3/8″ long (including the...

modernist Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver amethyst Necklace Earrings set

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A rarely seen Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver and amethyst necklace and earrings set in a modernist interpretation of a floral design, I have had similar pieces in the past but always anonymous or signed by “less celebrated” yet known maestros. I will put forth the suggestion that Ledesma might have been the design’s original creator not because he is one of the renowned Taxco designers but mostly because of the quality and attention to detail I see in this set that goes above and beyond the versions by other makers I have handled before…   Size/Weight: necklace is 16 3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; earrings are 1 1/2″ long by 5/8″ wide; 54.1 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with maker’s signature as shown as well as “SILVER 925” and Eagle 1 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver Necklace Earrings set ~ 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 and earrings set 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: necklace is 16 3/8″ long (wearable) by 1/2″ wide; earrings are 1 1/4″ long by 1″ wide; 69.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “JLF” as well as “STERLING TAXCO” and des. no 1026; pre-1948 Condition:...

modernist Miguel Melendez Mexican silver Quetzalcoatl Necklace

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A minimalist interpretation of a classic pre-Colombian motif, the mirrored Quetzalcoatl that holds center stage in this Mexican silver necklace by Miguel Melendez relies on layering, oxidation and the unexpected tad of color added by the turquoise cabochons to convey the ferocious power of the divine Feathered Serpent. I consider Miguel one of the most creative modernists in Taxco’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance despite the fact that his name does not figure among his most celebrated contemporary maestros. Melendez’s originality is not vociferous neither attention-craving but one can count to always find it in his jewelry, revealing itself little by little, as the eye progresses beyond the first glance to search deeper for design acumen and craftsmanship…   Size/Weight: 16″ long (wearable); mirrored Quetzalcoatl station is 7 1/4″ long by approx. 3/4″ at...

huge Mexican Deco silver, abalone and floral applique Pendant Necklace

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One of the most exciting aspects in the life of a vintage jewelry dealer is.. the thrill of the hunt! One sets out on a trip of discovery hoping to come upon that special piece which nobody else has identified and walk home with a treasure one can study and admire and eventually send off to a new home. The stunning pendant I am presenting here I encountered for the first time many years ago, when I was still a novice. I have been looking for another example all this time, not being able to find one to my dismay. Yet never lose hope – because here it is, once again! Wonderful peacock abalone inlay that changes colors with the changing light, set in a big round platform adorned with oxidation and tiny little circular motifs. Yet the piece-de-resistance is the luscious sterling rose applique resting in full bloom at the center of the disk. It is riveted to the pendant’s back...