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Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver copper dangle Earrings ~ Aguilar design

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Matching the modernist bracelet that is also available on my site (you can get a glimpse of it in one of the photos above) this set of mixed metals Jose Luis Flores dangle earrings is based on an Aguilar design. Seamlessly articulated with hidden rivets the three oval disks that form each earring are cut out of sheets with good thickness and have acquired a warmly glowing patina over their long life. Easy to wear and quite contemporary in their look, they were converted from screw-backs to posts at some point so Flores’s signature is gone. I have, however, added photos of the hallmarks on the matching bracelet and of the set together to support the attribution…   Size/Weight: 1 1/2″ long by 11/16″ wide; 15.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: “.925 MEXICO”; no maker’s initials (they were probably on the original screw-backs that were...

extra wide L.S. Mexican silver foliate by pass Ring

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I have always thought of Mexican by pass ring as miniature clamper bracelets – they are almost always wrought in the same designs that their … adult counterparts can be found and quite often made by the same maestros as well. The example here, generously wide and definitely one of the best of its kind, is signed by L.S., a Taxco maestro known for his clampers and his prowess in the art of repoussage. The ring’s foliate decoration is crisp and quite pronounced, its three-dimensionality enhanced with clever oxidation in the recessed surfaces. Stunning…   Size/Weight: sz 8.75 US (relatively adjustable upwards yet I would advise caution as to not damage the ring); face is 1 3/4″ by 7/8″; 8.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’ s initials “L.S.” as well as “STERLING MEXICO TAXCO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition:...

extra long ornate Mexican silver Dangle Earrings

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It’s been a very long time since I last came upon a set of Mexican silver earrings in this specific design and I am thrilled to have finally found one! Exquisitely ornate “ribbon-work” that twists and turns, loops in on itself and creates little tendrils here and there forms each earring’s body. And as if that is not enough the pair is enhanced with playful mini spearhead dangles. A sterling “labyrinth” hanging off your ears…   Size/Weight: 3 3/4″ long by 1 3/8″ wide; 12.7 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “MMC” as well as “TAXCO MEXICO 925” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with amazing length yet light and easy to wear, with great patina (you can always polish a little) and no damage or repairs noted except for the fact that the set was converted to...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver and raw emerald Ring

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Wide and quite substantial despite its pinky size, this Antonio Pineda ring is wrought in his favorite .970 alloy and adorned with overlaid bands and beading that create reserves, each one holding a bezel-set cabochon. The stones are dark green with fiery depths and even though initially I thought they might be opals, after doing some research I believe that they are raw emeralds. Antonio used both stones in his jewelry but there is one example, a bracelet, in the catalogue of the UCLA exhibition that features emeralds quite similar to the ones used here (p.114, ill. 127). Made of heavy gauge silver, this is a rather rare ring by him to come upon and for all of us who consider pinkies the epitome of elegance, it is a definite must-have…   Size/Weight: sz 4.75-5 US (difficult to measure exactly due to the width of the band itself yet I would go with the smaller size to be sure);...

modernist Mexican silver copper figural Brooch and Earrings set ~ Taxco mixed metals

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Definitely bought as a set yet signed by two different makers the figural brooch and matching earrings at hand combine silver with copper , overlay and cut-outs, oxidation and wirework ornamentation. Modernist in its rendition of an ancient warrior or priest, the design, if I am not mistaken, can be found with the Los Castillo or Victoria’s signature on it as well yet here it is made by listed but “less celebrated” maestros. What I like about this demi is not just its careful crafting and generous weight – this is not a cheaply made copy – but also the wonderful patina the metals have acquired over time…   Size/Weight: brooch is 2 7/8″ tall by 1 3/4″ wide (at its widest); earrings are 1 3/8″ tall by 3/4″ wide; 36.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: brooch is signed with maker’s initials “MPO” as well as...

Los Castillo Mexican silver mozaico Azteca mask Earrings

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Figural Los Castillo mozaico Azteca earrings wrought in sterling silver with azur-malachite inlay this set dates from Taxco’s middle period and is a great example of the sculpurality and sense of texture the specific technique can impart. The renowned workshop is credited with saving this ancient way of working with inlay from obsolescence and then proceeding to experiment with it creating some of their best designs – in my opinion at least. Here the blues and greens in the stone are darker, their seriousness matching the expression on the “mask’s” face and the warm patina they have developed over the years…   Size/Weight: approx. 1″ squre; 10.8 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: workshop’s name as shown as well as “MADE IN MEXICO”, des. no 148 and bearing Eagle 15 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with all...