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Hans Hansen Denmark silver and onyx modernist Ring

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Architectural in a dramatic yet also minimalist way, this Hans Hansen sterling silver ring does not come up very often. Set on a cylindrical post its tambour-shaped face holds a polished round black onyx disk within it. The transition from sterling to stone is seamless, the surfaces of the two materials “married” to each other in the most perfect way, while the tambour’s sides are reflected in the simple wide shank. Wearable art indeed…   Size / Weight: sz 6.5 US (can be easily re-sized); face is 3/4″ in diameter; 1/2″ rise; 17.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “925S” and “DENMARK”; 1960s-70s Condition:excellent vintage with impressive presence, great patina and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#14599 Offered at $350.00 Contact us about this...

Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver modernist Earrings

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Made in the 1950s-60s this set of modernist Enrique Ledesma earrings is circular in shape with oxidized “niello”-type backgrounds on which figural appliqués have been affixed. I read these birds as ducks but they might be pelicans (even though the motif is more frequent in Peruvian jewelry of the same period). Ledesma’s figurals have a child-like quality sometimes and I think we are looking at one of those cases here. The oxidation on the pair is in excellent shape (please excuse the reflections!) and the set such a treat to the eyes and easy to wear…   Size / Weight: just shy of 1″ in diameter; 13.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date:  fully signed with Ledesma’s signature alongside Eagle 3 and des. No 12; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage, sweet in size and easy to wear, with great patina, their oxidation in very good shape and no damage or repairs noted...

Art Deco Egyptian Revival silver and lapis Ring

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A true period Art Deco Egyptian Revival ring, this fabulous example holds one of the most beautifully colored pieces of lapis lazuli I have seen in a while. The stone is rich in glistening pyrite specks and has generous matrix which gives it a supple finish like old, well-aged leather. Supporting it, on either side of the graduated gallery are sets of highly stylized falcon wings, the bird’s being sacred in ancient Egypt, symbolizing divine kingship. Though it is currently a small size as many rings from the period are, it will be very easy to have it re-sized and is guaranteed to win compliments not only for its silver-work but also for the deep, royal blue of its stone…   Size / Weight: currently sz 3 US (easily re-sizable by a jeweler); face is 1″ N-S and 5/8″ E-W; 7.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for metal content yet...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver obsidian dangle Earrings

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Perfectly carved obsidian teardrops with shimmering golden depths and high purity silver combine in this modernist Antonio Pineda set of dangle earrings. There is an innate elegance in the way the silver embraces the volcanic glass, like slender flames of a hot fire emanating from black coals. In the darkness, you only see the silver; in the light it is only the obsidian that catches the eye. Antonio at one of his best moments, I believe…   Size / Weight: 1 3/4″ long by just shy of 5/8″ wide; 15.6 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: partially stamped yet there Antonio’s crown as well as Eagle 17 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with inspired design and a combination of materials that never fails to impress, with great patina and eye-catching golden depths in the obsidian; as you can see, there is a small chip off one dangle – it is...

Abraham Paz Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Ring

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The quintessential Art Deco designer, Abraham Paz is one of the earliest maestros of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. He worked in Mexico City and many of the designs we associate with Fred Davis are actually Paz’s creations. His minimalist “masks”, shield-form links and tiered ring settings epitomize the elegant geometry the 1920s and 1930s are known for while also foreshadowing the less-is-more attitude of modernism. Pinky-size yet easily resizable, the ring I am presenting here is adorned by a piece of amethyst rich in inclusions that rests graciously upon an angular sterling gallery…   Size / Weight: currently sz 4.5 US (yet easily resizable by your jeweler); face is 3/4″ N-S and 5/8″ E-W; 5.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s initials “AP” as shown as well as “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-30s...

Hans Hansen Denmark silver modernist Ring

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Slick, absolutely minimalist, wrought in sterling silver this vintage “mirrored” ring bears the signature of Hans Hansen, one of Denmark’s most inspired modernist jewelry designers. There is nothing excessive here – the ring’s towering geometry rises above the finger in two triangular flat-topped pyramids facing each other. The glistening sterling surfaces make the void between the two more dramatic – a dark chasm within which the gaze is lost or a shady valley that invites exploration depending on the way the light hits it…   Size / Weight: currently sz 6.25 US (can be re-sized by a jeweler without fear of losing the hallmarks); face is 15/16″ E-W and 1/2″ N-S; 5/16″ rise; 11.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with maker’s signature as shown as well as “DENMARK ” and “925S”; 1960s-70s...