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Mary Gage Arts and Crafts silver and carved Chinese jade Ring

By in Rings/earrings, US/European |

Matching the cuff bracelet that is also available in my store an American Arts and Crafts silver and jade ring by Mary Gage. Delicate lilypads with hand-chased veins and tiny little beading surround the antique Chinese carved bead that takes center stage here. A signature motif for Mary Gage, lilypads show up in her jewelry very often; in the ring I am presenting they have acquired a deep patina that renders them three-dimensional and evoke romantic images of tranquil, misty ponds. Simply beautiful…   Size/Weight: sz 6 (easily re-sizable by your jeweler); face is 3/4″ in diameter; ring has a 5/8″ rise; 6.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed (which is not unusual) but a Mary Gage piece with no doubt; the matching cuff bracelet is fully signed and I have uploaded photos of the two pieces together as well as of the bracelet’s signature; 1920s-40s Condition:...

Mexican silver modernist Necklace Earrings set, Ledesma style Taxco niello

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces, Rings/earrings |

In the style closely associated with Enrique Ledesma yet signed by one of his contemporary Taxco maestros this stunning sterling silver necklace and earrings set epitomizes the slick modernism of Mexico’s mid-century. Designs in this genre capitalize on the stark contrast between highly polished, reflective silver and dark, heavily oxidized surfaces and the visual drama that it creates. Here curved lines and angles, light and darkness come together and then veer off in opposing directions like brushstrokes on a minimalist canvas…   Size/Weight: approx. 15″ long (wearable; difficult to measure accurately due to the dip in the necklace’s front); central station is 3  1/8″ wide with a drop of 2  3/4″; earrings are approx. 1  1/4″ square; 62.0 grams (for the set on a postal scale) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “HMO” as well...

early William Spratling Mexican silver domed Ring

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Powerful in its bare-basics design an all-silver early William Spratling ring that playfully adds flesh and rise to the classic sterling band. This is a heavy piece, its thickness growing as one proceeds from the back to center front and its only claim to ornamentation are the two striated lines that demarcate the upper and lower perimeters. Great patina, absolutely fabulous to have on and incredibly versatile as it can be combined with any kind of outfit…   Size/Weight: sz 7; width between 1/2″ at center front and 1/4″ at the back; 15.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: appropriately signed with a combination of hallmarks that dates it in the pre-1946 period Condition: excellent vintage with no damage or repairs noted and stunning in its minimalism     SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver and azur-malachite Necklace and Earrings set

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Ultimately modernist in its approach to personal adornment, with Enrique Ledesma’s signature perfection in the marriage of silver and stone, a necklace and earrings set with triangular links of sterling framing richly colored azur-malachite. Honesty of materials, craftsmanship of the highest level and immaculate finishing create a superb example of Taxco lapidary and silversmithing prowess…   Size/Weight: 15  3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8 wide; earrings are 7/8″ by 3/4″; 67.8 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: Ledesma’s name as well as “925 TAXCO”, “MEXICO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; the necklace bears design no 251 AS while the earrings are 253 AS; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with the patina you want to see on well-loved jewelry and no damage or repairs noted   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...