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Ivar Holth / Ottar Hval Norway 830 silver solje Brooch and Earrings set

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Based in Oslo, Norway, Ivar Holth and Ottar Hval created jewelry in both the classic Scandinavian enamel-over-silver genre but also pieces based on traditional designs, like the solje brooch and dangle earrings assembled set at hand. Wrought in 830 silver with the concave round and teardrop dangles having a vermeil finish the demi is delicate and eye-catching at the same time and has an endearing “ethnic” appeal. In Norwegian culture “solje” (sun) jewelry was believed to protect its wearer from evil, especially during transitional periods and was thus considered appropriate for newborns and brides. Though made by different makers this brooch and earrings came to me from a single owner and I thought they should continue their life together…   Size/Weight: brooch is 3 1/8″ tall by 2 1/8″ wide; earrings are 15/16″ long by 3/4″ wide;...

vintage 1960s Kalevala Koru silver Halikko Earrings

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Old Kalevala Koru sterling silver earrings in the company’s “Halikko” design which is based on a 12th c filigree bead necklace found buried in an earthenware jug in southwestern Finland. Though the specific design is still in production today with its necklace being Kalevala’s most expensive, made-to-order only piece, their older examples have a quality that remains unsurpassed. Dating in 1967, the earrings at hand have deep swirls that have been enhanced by the patina of time and are a quite difficult pair to come upon…   Size/Weight: 3/4″ in diameter; 9.8 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Kalevala’s “kk” logo, 925S as well as the date code for 1967 Condition: excellent vintage with intense “ethnic” flair, good patina and no damage or repairs noted   Offered at $120.00 Contact us about this...

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...

early William Spratling Mexican Deco silver Ring with cascabeles

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One of Spratling’s early designs, the “ring with three cascabeles” possesses the primordial charm of ambitious beginnings that are nonetheless steeped in the creativity of ancient cultures. I believe the motif is the same here as that in the tortoise shell and silver “snake” box – the more I look at it, the more I think of writhing serpents with spotted skins. The cascabeles are simply the melodious cherry that tops an already superb piece. Even though it is obvious that the ring has been resized at some point and can now be enjoyed as a pinky, I am thrilled to have stumbled across it and so will whoever becomes its caretaker in the future…   Size/Weight: sz 4.5 US; width between 3/4″ and 7/16″; 7.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: “WS” print as shown in the photos; 1931-1946 Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina and...

Hector Aguilar Mexican silver mod buckle Ring

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Popular for centuries in jewelry-making traditions all over the world the buckle motif can be found in all forms and metals, with or without gems, quite elaborate or strikingly minimalist. This 1940s Hector Aguilar version is wrought in sterling and even though its ornamentation is kept at a bare minimum, its rendition is sculptural, an attribute that is enhanced by oxidation and the patina of time. Even better, it is adjustable and there is enough “belt” there to make it several sizes bigger though it can also be smaller…   Size/Weight: currently sz 7.5 US yet fully adjustable; buckle is 5/8″ square; 7.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with maker’s conjoined initials in a circle formed by “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING” (see Hougart, Little Book of Mexican Silver, e-edition, p. 14, A-12); 1943-48 Condition: very good vintage with nice, crisp...