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Salvador Teran Mexican silver biomorphic Earrings

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Biomorphic sterling silver appliques on a highly oxidized “puffy” background take center-stage in this modernist Mexican set of Salvador Teran earrings. I grew up close to the sea so to my eyes, it’s little crabs catching a bit of sun on mossy beach pebbles that are pictured here but your mind’s eye might see something entirely different. Precious like all Salvador jewelry, beautifully made, not entirely identical as is the case with hand-wrought pieces of wearable art. Bottom-line? Irresistible…   Size / Weight: approx. 1″ by 3/4″; 14.4 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “STERLING MEXICO”, des. no 162 and Eagle 56 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, their oxidation in very good shape and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#15142 Offered at $165.00 Contact us...

bold Los Ballesteros Mexican silver stone “mask” Ring

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It is not easy to stumble upon a vintage Los Ballesteros carved “mask” ring but when one does find an example, what a feast it is! There is nothing “timid” about this piece. The philosophy here is big, bold and beautiful and I believe that the Los Ballesteros workshop accomplished all this monumentality in the most amazing, masterful, and eye-pleasing way. The “mask” is here carved out of a dark green agate, I believe, with grayish white specs in it. Closed eyes, a slightly curved nose and full lips rest under the weight of an impressive headdress adorned with beading, a row of dimpled dots above the brow and a series of little silver arches at the very top. Powerful…   Size / Weight: sz 7.5 US (resizable by your jeweler); face is 1 3/8″ N-S and 1 1/8″ E-W; 3/4″ rise; 19.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with...

Los Castillo Mexican silver copper dangle Earrings

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A copper glyph of a highly stylized Maya or Aztec bird motif is set in sterling and adorns the triangular dangle in a set of Los Castillo “mixed metals” earrings from the mid-20th c.. As is the case with many pieces executed in the “metales casados” technique, here too an ancient design is re-interpreted, given a slick, modernist twist and thrust into our contemporary world in a way that ensures it belongs and expresses our modern sensibilities…   Size / Weight: 1 5/8″ long by 7/8″ wide; 17.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: taller’s signature as shown as well as “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING”, des. no 72 and Eagle 15 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with the superb craftsmanship and perfect finishing all Los Castillo “mixed metals” jewelry is known for, having fantastic patina and no damage or repairs noted...

rare Ingrid’s Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Earrings

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Question marks, whether straight or inverted, seem to have provided a fun, tongue-in-cheeck motif when Taxco maestros were designing earrings. I have seen them hanging off repousse semi-spheres, studded with turquoise cabs and even having cascabeles themselves. Yet this big, bold and beautiful set goes above and beyond its peers. Sculptural repoussage, tiny beading accents and oxidation combine here with gorgeous bezel-set amethyst cabs in a curvaceous, sexy pair of Mexican Deco earrings. Yet it is not just the generous size and exquisite execution that makes these earrings special. They are signed by Ingrid’s, a retailer active in the 1930s and 1940s. According to Bille Hougart. Ingrid’s was known for its high quality hollowware and jewelry which they commissioned from the best Taxco maestros. And since Chato Castillo’s work was also sold through them, who knows if...

ornate Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse Ring

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Ornate and beautifully made, with a fantastic patina that makes the juxtaposition between the darkened recesses of the design and the glowing raised surfaces even more dramatic, this ornate and difficult-to-find Mexican silver ring is signed by Gerardo Lopez. I consider Lopez one of Taxco’s foremost maestros in the art of repoussage and the ring at hand is, I believe, a telling example. I will let the photos continue the story…   Size / Weight: sz 4.75 US (easily re-sizable by a jeweler); face is just above 1″ N-S and 7/8″ E-W; 8.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as well as “STERLING TAXCO” and Eagle 26 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, a rare-to-find design and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#15115 Offered at $195.00 Contact us about this...

Mexican Deco silver and amethyst foliate Necklace Earrings set

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Surprisingly comfortable in length for a vintage Mexican necklace of this period, this Deco sterling silver and amethyst foliate beauty comes with its matching earrings. There is something very powerful in the meticulously (albeit with a certain endearing naivete) hand-cut and chased leaf motifs prevalent in the design. Maybe it’s the leaves’ serrated edges; maybe it’s the confident way they combine with the beading and amethyst cabs to form the necklace’s central station and the elegant earrings. Be that as it may, what we have here is an excellent – and rare in its design – early Mexican Deco demi…   Size / Weight: necklace is 17 1/4″ long (wearable; length can also be adjusted downwards); central station is 3″ wide with a drop of 2″; width at the chain is 3/4″; earrings are 1 1/4″ long by just shy of 1″...