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Los Castillo Mozaico Azteca Mexican silver modernist Ring

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Modernist Los Castillo Mexican silver ring with azurite and malachite inlay in the Mozaico Azteca style, this is an exercise in modernist geometry. There is something distinctly zen, if you allow me the term, in the circle-in-circle design that dominates the flat ring face. Quite elemental still impressive because of the intense colors in the inlay, it has been well-loved and enjoyed during its long life…   Size/Weight: sz 10 (possibly resizable but not dramatically, if you need to make it smaller); face is 3/4″ in diameter; 15.2 grams.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: “LOS CASTILLO”, “925 MEXICO” and Eagle 3, which the Los Castillo used yet also signed with initials “SMM”; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with great patina and light scratches in the silver shank as expected of a well-loved, thoroughly enjoyed ring yet no damage and no...

huge Los Ballesteros Mexican silver and smokey quartz Ring

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Stupendous Los Ballesteros modernist ring wrought in sterling silver and housing a huge smokey quartz faceted gem in a towering setting! I love “kapow” rings and this one is the epitome of the … word. A veritable show-stopper, a ring that does not need anything else to support it when you dress to impress. I will rest my case here and leave the rest to the photos…   Size/Weight: comfortable sz 6 (your jeweler would be able to re-size it for you but you might lose part of the hallmarks yet not the Los Ballesteros signature); face is 15/16″ in diameter; gallery rises approx. 1/2″ off finger; 17.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with the Los Ballesteros logo as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING 925” and Eagle 47 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with strong design, a fantastic gem, beautiful patina,...

long Pedro Castillo Mexican modernist fish bone dangle Earrings

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There is minimalism and then there is … bare bones minimalism – in our case, bare fish bones! Very popular around the middle of the 20th c., fish skeleton jewelry were created by many Taxco maestros, from the “big name” designers to the “less celebrated” ones and by anonymous silversmiths as well. Yet with this set of dangle earrings Pedro Castillo pushed abstraction to its outer limits. There is nothing here that resembles a fish head; nothing that resembles a tail and still, it only takes one look to recognize a fish skeleton. I call that design fluency…   Size/Weight: 2 5/16″ long by 3/4″ wide; 11.4 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: Pedro Castillo’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “MADE IN MEXICO TAXCO” and “STERLING”; ca 1950 Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, strong, graphic...

modernist Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver amethyst Necklace Earrings set

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A rarely seen Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver and amethyst necklace and earrings set in a modernist interpretation of a floral design, I have had similar pieces in the past but always anonymous or signed by “less celebrated” yet known maestros. I will put forth the suggestion that Ledesma might have been the design’s original creator not because he is one of the renowned Taxco designers but mostly because of the quality and attention to detail I see in this set that goes above and beyond the versions by other makers I have handled before…   Size/Weight: necklace is 16 3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; earrings are 1 1/2″ long by 5/8″ wide; 54.1 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with maker’s signature as shown as well as “SILVER 925” and Eagle 1 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver Necklace Earrings set ~ modernist Taxco mask design

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A talented Taxco maestro who worked for Aguilar as well as Miguel and Emma Melendez, Jose Luis Flores was best when he delved into the world of modernist design. Yet it is not only design that makes his jewelry desirable – it is also craftsmanship of the highest level and attention to finishing and detail. Minimalist masks, the links comprising the necklace and earrings set presented here are created with clever cut-outs, beading and layering. Simple yet not simplistic… PS: The matching bracelet is also available and will be offered shortly – if you don’t see it, please ask! Size/Weight: necklace is 16 3/8″ long (wearable) by 1/2″ wide; earrings are 1 1/4″ long by 1″ wide; 69.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “JLF” as well as “STERLING TAXCO” and des. no 1026; pre-1948 Condition:...

AEM AE Heart Mexican silver mixed metals Necklace Earrings set

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Combining sterling silver with copper and brass accents the vintage Mexican necklace and earrings set presented here was made by one of my most favorite “less celebrated” maestros. Based in Mexico City, AEM is often referred to as AE Heart because he signed his initials AE in a heart-shaped M. My years of dealing in, loving and researching Mexican silver jewelry have taught me to look out for his work for its impeccable craftsmanship, the quality of materials used and the more-often-than-not inspired designs. The “pears and leaf” beauty at hand is, I think, one of his best moments. I have sold it several times in the past in mixed metals, like here, but also in all-silver and the effect it has on me still remains the same. I simply love the beguiling, mature curves of the fruit, the deep chasing of the veins in the leaves, the way the mellowed glow of the brass...