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ornate Prose Mexican silver and amethyst starburst Pin / Brooch

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Nicely cast and rich in ornamental details the Mexican starburst brooch presented here is signed by ProSa and cast in sterling silver. The star is slightly convex and its six rays have a lace-like quality, their point of convergence marked by an oval amethyst cabochon, full of inclusions that glisten when the light hits them. Perfect as a brooch, it wouldn’t be difficult to have it converted to a pendant as well so you can enjoy it with your favorite chain… Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ in diameter; 15.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as des. no 7280 and Eagle 5 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with no damage or repairs noted, very nice detail in the elaborate casting, with a beautiful stone and nice patina   Offered at $115.00 Contact us about this...

4″ Los Castillo Mexican Deco silver Pin Brooch ~ Taxco repousse fern leaf

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big Mexican Deco silver and Murano wedding cake glass buttefly Pin Brooch

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With a wing spread of just shy of 3″ this vintage Mexican Deco sterling silver butterfly brooch better help convince spring that it’s time to show up this year! Careful open-work, chasing and oxidation represent the delicate lightness of a live butterfly’s wings but what convinces me once again that there is no way one can get blase when it comes to Mexican silver jewelry is the quite unusual navette adorning the creature’s body! I am not accustomed to seeing Venetian Murano “wedding-cake” glass in this genre but here it is, my first example, and I am thrilled to have come upon it…   Size/Weight: 2 7/8″ wide by 2 1/8″ tall; 18.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initial “L” as well as “MEXICO SILVER”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful workmanship, great size and amazing patina and, of...

studio modernist silver, bakelite and black onyx floral Pin Brooch

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Lovely modernist studio made sterling silver floral brooch in a design that combines stylization and naturalist elements while incorporating black onyx and bakelite cabochons. The colors here are magnificent – the freshness of the sage green combines with the mature amber, their richness offset by the glistening black of the onyx. I love the way the artist has crafted the leaves, bending them this way and that; and the beefy tendrils mirror the heftiness of the bezels around the cabs. Spring should be around the corner, shouldn’t it?   Size/Weight: 3 1/8″ long by 2″ tall; 36.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: not marked for maker nor hallmarked for metal content yet tested and guaranteed to be of sterling quality; the date is a bit challenging to pinpoint but I would suggest 1940s-50s Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful colors in the bakelite and patina to die...

Finn Jensen Norway silver gilt and green enamel lily pad Pin Brooch

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I love Scandinavian design and especially the amazing jewelry that came out of that part of Europe so if you combine that with my weakness for any kind of enamel work, it is understandable that I am thrilled to be presenting here a gorgeous pin by Finn Jensen of Norway. In the shape of a lily pad the pin is wrought in gilded sterling and boasts the most translucent, glistening, perfect green enamel. There is something magical about this brooch as if it has the ability to transport you in the deep, luscious forests of an old fairy tale…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ long by 1 1/2″ tall; 14.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked with Finn Jensen’s logo as well as “NORWAY STERLING” and “925S”; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage with flawless, shimmering enamel in one of the most amazing greens I have seen, a warmly mellowed gilding that is more obvious on...

Mexican Deco silver carved amethyst hand and tulip Pin Brooch

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Possibly the most “classic” in the Mexican Deco jewelry design index, the “hand and tulip” is steeped in the Spanish Colonial tradition and in its 20th c. revival closely associated with William Spratling. Beloved in the Victorian era, the specific design seems to enjoy timeless appeal on both sides of the Atlantic and in its Mexican version instead of a rose, the hand proffers a carved amethyst tulip. Executed en repoussage and anonymous in our case, it ends in an ornate “lace” cuff that seems to be emerging from a sea of satin ribbon…   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ long by 1 3/8″ wide (at the ribbon part); 20.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with a big, rich purple carved amethyst, very nicely executed repoussage, with no damage in the stone nor the silver work and...