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Miguel Melendez Mexican silver Necklace ~ Taxco modernist alexandrites cluster

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Classically elegant with its free-flowing, minimalist mod lines this necklace showcases the expertise that Miguel Melendez acquired during the long years he spent working for Spratling, the Los Castillo family and Margot de Taxco, whose taller he ended up managing. Made of sterling silver adorned with faceted simulated alexandrites (in fact, color-change corundum) the necklace is a veritable eye-catcher. The stones are big, open-backed and hand-prong set. They mimic natural alexandrites in that they change color under different light conditions – traveling from an almost burgundy amethyst to steely purple. Fantastic design and impeccable execution…   Size/Weight: very comfortable 15″ long (wearable; could even be 15 1/4″ or 15 1/2″ due to the dip just above the triple dangle); dangle station itself is 1 1/2″ wide and adds a 2 3/8″ drop to the...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver “cosmos” or “cage” Necklace

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One of my favorite Antonio Pineda necklaces and a stunning modernist design at that, the “cosmos” is often referred to as the “cage” as well. It seems that Antonio himself intended its name to be the former, “cosmos”, which is the Greek word for both “the world” as well as “adornment” – and it makes sense, don’t you think? As opposed to a “cage” which by definition denotes restriction of movement and rigidity, the necklace at hand is so comfortable to wear and because of the way it is articulated, sits beautifully around the neck. The design’s minimalism is tempered by the lusciousness of its curves and the architecturality of the silver “ties” that help the festoon design take shape…   Size/Weight: approx. 17″ in inner circumference (might even be 17  1/2″ but...

32.5″ long Mexican silver tumbled caged stones Necklace

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rare Mexican Deco silver puffy hearts Charm Necklace

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Early Mexican Deco silver “puffy heart” necklace, this is possibly the most interesting, most unexpected design I have seen in my years of dealing, reading and “hunting” in the field. Classic Victorian style repousse heart links with stamped and oxidized scroll and band designs, adorned with bezel-set turquoise cabs form part of the chain and the central medallion. Very reminiscent of Southwestern jewelry yet still employing motifs that are not commonly found in that design vernacular either. Sweet as can be and (dare I say it?) one-of-a-kind…   Size/Weight: 18  1/2″ long (wearable; adjustable thanks to the hook-and-eye clasp); “puffy hearts” part is 9  1/2″ long and 5/8″ wide (width of the heart links); central medallion is 1  5/8″ by 1  1/2″; 19.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “MEXICO SILVER”;...

Los Castillo design Mexican silver monkey Necklace ~ Ozomahtli

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Based on a Los Castillo design the Mexican silver necklace at hand is a fun piece made in the 1950s. It is hallmarked only with Eagle 1 assay mark and since this was also used by the Los Castillo workshop, I will suggest that the necklace’s maker was probably a maestro who worked for them. I will also add that I believe the “mask” links represent Ozomahtli, the companion animal-spirit of Hochipilli, the Aztec god associated with music, dance, poetry and games. Beautifully made, in a design that does not come up very often, it is guaranteed to bring you joy and show you a good time…   Size/Weight: 15  3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 46.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply signed with Eagle 1 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with careful finishing, attention to detail and good patina (you can always polish a little bit, if you prefer)...

dramatic Mexican silver repousse Necklace ~ a veritable Taxco Deco treasure

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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...