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Erika Hult de Corral Ric Mexican modernist silver and lapis Ring

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Big, modernist Erika Hult de Corral sterling silver and triple lapis ring made in the post-1980 period yet bold and beautiful! Though the so-called “T-mark” jewelry from Mexico are now considered almost “officially” vintage, at least the ones from the early 1980s, I don’t deal in them unless it’s a piece by a designer I know and respect or if it’s an affordable, well-made copy of an earlier “big name” piece. This ring obviously belongs in the first category – just look at it! The geometric cut-outs in the silver-work temper the massiveness of the ring’s body and the color in the lapis spheres is dark and rich. It’s Ric doing her magic all right…   Size/Weight: sz 6.75 US (resizable by your jeweler provided you don’t mind losing some of the hallmarks); face is 1″ N-S and 5/8″ E-W; 14.4 grams...

long Mexican Deco silver dangle Earrings ~ Taxco cascabeles

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Long, playful Mexican Deco sterling silver dangle earrings made in Taxco by a listed yet still unidentified maestro. This is a really well made set, carefully cut out of silver sheet with sheet with good thickness and meticulously finished. The cut-work designs in the elongated earring bodies look like delicate swan necks to me and I love the generously sized glowing cascabeles…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ long by 1″ wide; 14.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “TAM” as well as “TAXCO 925 MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition:excellent vintage with great patina, quite eye-catching design and no damage or repairs noted   Inv.#14136   Offered at $115.00 Contact us about this...

antique Art Nouveau / Arts and Crafts silver and jasper Ring

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Fabulous old sterling silver ring that straddles the divide between Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts with its foliate setting and the floral detail in its gallery, this piece is so tactile and such a visual treat! It’s not just the silver-work and the patina enhancing its detail that puts this ring above the… mundane masses, it is also the richness and sensuality of its polished stone – a jasper, I believe. Blues, milky grays and rust browns swirl, twist and turn in that amazing stone bringing to mind overcast, stormy seas…   Size/Weight: sz 6.5 US (yet easily resizable by your jeweler); face is 15/16″ NS by 3/4″ EW; rises approx. 1/2″ above the finger when worn; 6.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked “STERLING” on the side of the shank, close to where it meets the gallery (you can see it in the photo of the ring showing its back);...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Bracelet and Earrings set, des. no 5247

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Margot de Taxco’s des. no 5247 is a modernist “beaded wave” creation and presented here is a set comprised of bracelet and matching clip-on earrings. I will dare say that Margot did not delve too much into modernism but whenever she did it, the results were equally inspired and carefully crafted as the rest of her work. Here the sculptural quality of the undulating links is matched by the curves of the semi-spheres set within them in a channel that is both pierced and contained by a raised border. The design is mirrored in the earrings albeit slightly smaller in scale and with a simpler curve…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (clasped; very difficult to measure accurately but it might even feel a little roomier on the wrist); 7/8″ wide; earrings are 15/16″ long by just above 3/4″ wide; bracelet 57.3 grams / 11.8 grams earrings...

Los Castillo Mexican silver mozaico Azteca Necklace Earrings set

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In their “mozaico Azteca” jewelry line the Los Castillo primarily combined sterling silver with azur-malachite inlay yet from time to time one stumbles upon a less often encountered piece in which high quality “peacock” abalone was used for the “mosaic”. This assembled demi comprised of necklace and earrings fits the last category – and it is perfect in its bare bones approach to design! Both components of the set stride the divide between late Deco and early modernism with their angularity and minimalism, the latter belied just a little by the playfulness of the flat bead adorning each earring…   Size/Weight: 15 5/8″ long (wearable) by 1/2″ wide and 52.0 grams for the necklace; earrings are 3/4″ wide by 5/8″ tall and 6.2 grams; total set weight 58.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name as shown...

early William Spratling Mexican 980 silver Ring ~ crowned pyramid

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Bearing a combination of hallmarks that dates it around 1939 this William Spratling ring is wrought in high purity .980 silver and has developed the most amazing patina during its long and – I am sure – happy life. According to Goddard, Spratling used to refer to this design as the “crowned pyramid”, an appellation that makes more sense if one looks at the matching bracelet from above as it lays on a flat surface. Not an over-complicated design, it does, however, gain sculpturality and substantial physical presence thanks to the raised rolled rim that surrounds the flat-top pyramid at its center. Classy, classic and worthy of the best collection…   Size/Weight: sz 7.5 US (a good jewelry could probably resize it but they would have to do it so as to not impact the hallmarks); face is 1″ by 5/8″; 8.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: combination of...