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Los Castillo pluma azteca Mexican silver and feathers iris Pin Brooch

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The first one in a small collection of Los Castillo pluma azteca brooches I had the pleasure to discover, this is a generously sized piece featuring a colorful iris in full bloom. There is something magical about jewelry of this type. The delicate translucence of the colored feathers creates the impression that you are looking through gauze into the world of fairies and unicorns. And the minimalism that is almost inherent in the designs leaves so much to your imagination…   Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ in diameter; 25.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name and “TAXCO”; not marked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed to be sterling silver; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with the feathers retaining their vivid colors, protected between their resin cover, having nice patina, good size and no damage nor any repairs noted   SOLD – Thank you!...

Hector Aguilar Taller Borda Mexican silver repousse Pin Brooch

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Vintage 1940s Hector Aguilar silver repousse floral brooch in what I believe to be a squash blossom design which might even have been created by Valentin Vidaurreta. There are several variations of the motif that can be found in various sizes and weights – during the short period in the 1940s when Coro had their jewelry made in Aguilar’s workshop due to the war restrictions, brooches like this albeit lighter were also made for the American market and stamped with Coro’s Mexican hallmark. The example at hand, however, bears Aguilar’s Taller Borda hallmark…   Size/Weight:3 1/8″ tall by 2 3/8″ wide; 23.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Aguilar’s Taller Borda initials as shown as well as “STERLING” and “MADE IN MEXICO”; please note that although original to the piece from what I can tell, the pin seems to be...

Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Pin Brooch

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Classy Mexican Deco silver and amethyst brooch signed by Fred Davis, there is something about the sculpturality of this piece that makes me think it might be a Valentin Vidaurreta design. It is not just the specific shape the amethyst flowers have been carved in that can be seen in signed Vidaurreta jewelry, it is mostly the bewitching rotundness of the silver bud that makes me think so. The epitome of Mexico City 1930s design in which it’s not the multitude or complexity of elements that creates the aesthetic impact but the perfection in execution and, quite often, the scale…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ tall by 2 1/4″ wide; 28.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Davis’s initials as shown as well as “SILVER MEXICO”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with patina to die for, impressive sculptural quality, gorgeous stones with no damage and no...

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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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...