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ca 1900 Bernhard Hertz Denmark skonvirke silver and agate Pin Brooch ~ Scandinavian Art Nouveau

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Superbly crafted, a ca 1900 Danish skonvirke silver brooch adorned with blue and green jasper signed by Bernhard Hertz, one of the best, early Scandinavian Art Nouveau designers. I am at a loss as to what to talk about first! Skonvirke jewelry has something very magical about it – I don’t know if it’s the softly sculptural beauty each piece has that reminds me of ancient, moss-covered forest floors or the almost pulsating repoussage that embraces the stones in the most ginger, delicate way. Here it is not only the generous size that makes this brooch irresistible, it’s the patina and the wonderful color of the jasper – blue and green for the cabs and dyed dark lapis for the dangle. Art Nouveau at its most enchanting…   Size/Weight: 3 1/4″ tall (including the dangle) by 2 7/8″ wide; 28.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked as shown...

Felipe Martinez Piedra y Plata Mexican silver carved obsidian mask Pin / Pendant

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Unsurpassed lapidary work and fleshy, confident repoussage combine in the Piedra y Plata / Felipe Martinez pin / pendant I am thrilled to be presenting here. Martinez’s work does not come up often and its is avidly collected and sought out for the sheer perfection each piece represents. Teased out of golden sheen obsidian that reveals its glistening depths as you tilt the brooch in different directions, the ancient face seems lost in meditation, serene in its knowledge it will survive the ravages of time. Wrapped in leaves and curly locks of repousse silver, it quietly enjoys the luxury of a pendant earring…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide; 43.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Martinez’s and the taller’s name, “STERLING TAXCO”, des. no 112 as well as Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with...

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...

Salvador Teran Mexican silver bi-color quartz figural Pin Pendant Necklace

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I am thrilled to present here a difficult to find Salvador Teran modernist pin / pendant necklace! Teran is my favorite among the Taxco modernists. His design acumen is superb and his way of re-interpreting ancient Aztec and Maya motifs within a boldly modernist context is truly magical. The “crouching man” – that’s what I like to call this specific creation – can be found hugging a variety of stones. I have never seen it with this banded, bi-color quartz (or agate?) before. I find the transition from light almond white to a powdery blue fascinating and I also appreciate the piece’s double function since you can disengage the pendant from the chain and enjoy it as a brooch as well. And even though the chain that it comes with is not a Teran chain, it is Mexican as well, hefty and absolutely perfect in this marriage…   Size/Weight: pin / pendant...

antique Austro-Hungarian silver gilt putti Pin Brooch with garnets and pearls

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A beautiful survivor of a by-gone era known for its magnificent jewelry, this Austro-Hungarian silver gilt brooch features cast little putti holding pearl disks in their hands against an open-work, layered background. The brooch is in fact one half of what used to be a two-part belt buckle. Its pair lost who knows when and how, it was converted into a pin so we can still enjoy it. Adorned with garnets and possibly some black enamel that shows signs of its long life, the brooch is generous in size and adorable…   Size/Weight: 2 1/6″ square; 34.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: not marked for maker nor hallmarked for metal content (at least not this part of the original belt buckle) yet tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .800 purity which was the standard for Austro-Hungarian jewelry of the period; late 19th – early 20th c. Condition: very good vintage with no...

sculptural Mexican Deco silver and agate leaf Pin Brooch, great fall colors

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I love brooches and this Mexican Deco carved leaf is simply divine. I find the carving so enticingly tactile – you just want to run your fingers along the curves, the dips and rises is the stone. And what about that color? The stone is semi-translucent and the light that passes through it bestows a lightness upon it that is not a quality stones are usually associated with. This could be a leaf in those magic maples lining that have turned amber red in my home town…   Size/Weight: 2 3/4″ long by 1 3/8″ wide; 31.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: “SILVER MEXICO”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with beautifully sculptural carving in the stone, amazing color, strong presence, with no unsightly damage nor any repairs except for a couple of expected tiny flea-bites around the stone’s edges that are only visible upon very close inspection with a...