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long Deco N Jacopo Mexican silver tassel dangle Earrings

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A perfect match for the M. Ocampo bracelet in the same design also available in my store this vintage Mexican silver set of rich tassel earrings is signed by N. Jacopo, one of the few Taxco maestros known for the high quality twist-rope lariat necklaces. There are fourteen strands of shimmering sterling chain that make up each tassel’s fringe while the sphere at the top holding them all together has a brushed finish. Though the Ocampo bracelet with which you see the earrings in some of the photos here is available in a separate listing, I thought I should give you the opportunity to assess yourselves whether they look as good together as I think they do…   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ long by 7/16″ wide (the diameter of the sphere at the top); 12.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “TAXCO 925”; pre-1948 Condition:...

Mexican silver and color-change sapphire Dangle Earrings ~ Ledesma neo-Aztec design

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Based on a neo-Aztec design created by the modernist genius of Enrique Ledesma this set of long dangle earrings is not signed for maker but is beautifully articulated and carefully finished. I am sure it was made by one of Ledesma’s Taxco contemporaries; both the weight and the fact that the screw-back findings (and only those) are made of alpaca indicates to me that the set did not come out of the renowned designer’s workshop. This having been said, I can assure you that the earrings are masterfully crafted, with careful oxidation in the shadowbox stations, immaculate little beads accenting them, show-casing two big, prong-set synthetic sapphires that change color under different light conditions thus mimicking the behavior of alexandrites…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ long by 7/8″ wide; 12.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor...

dramatic Antonio Pineda 970 silver modernist wave Ring

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Dramatic Antonio Pineda modernist silver ring wrought in his signature .970 alloy this piece is all about powerful, unencumbered movement! I am wearing it as I write and even though I can see it and I can touch it, I still I find it quite amazing that such a “simple” design, such an non-embellished execution can muster the strength of a tidal wave, cast in it fine silver and restrain it on the finger. I think one of Antonio’s most inspired moments and a must-have ring for the discerning collector and well-dresser alike…   Size/Weight: currently sz 4.75 US (resizable by your jeweler); face is 1″ E-W and 3/4″ N-S; “wave” rises 1/2″ off finger when ring is worn; 10.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: Antonio’s crown as shown with Eagle 17 assay mark, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and “SILVER 970”; 1960s Condition: excellent...

Salvador Teran for Los Castillo Mexican silver dangle Earrings

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Most probably designed by Salvador Teran when he worked for his cousins, the Los Castillo, this pair of Mexican modernist silver dangle earrings is not an easy set to find. Though the Los Castillo did not experiment as much in modernism as some other Taxco maestros and workshops they do count among their creations some amazing examples thanks to Teran’s genius. The exaggerated, elongated figures forming the earrings’ main body bear the surrealist stamp of Taxco’s foremost, in my opinion, modernist. The interplay between layering, oxidation and shadowbox construction that characterizes Teran’s work is here replaced by the juxtaposition of positive and negative space created by cut-work…   Size/Weight: 2″ long by 11/16″ wide; 12.4 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: “LOS CASTILLO TAXCO” and Eagle 15 assay mark; ca 1950 Condition:...

rare Margot de Taxco Mexican silver enamel Ring ~ yin and yang des. no 5170

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It is a rare occurrence to find a Margot de Taxco ring – some designs do crop up from time to time but to come upon her “yin and yang” design no 5170 is quite a strike of luck! Out of her enamel creations, I have to admit that this is one of my favorite not only because of the “balanced” motif but mainly because of the soul-soothing colors it comes in. Primordial white and black with gold and metallic molten caramel glisten contained in their silver cloisons, dotted with graduated sterling circles. I think its serene beauty and its rarity make up for that little bit of wear in the glazed surface of the two middle bands…   Size/Weight: sz 5.75 US (easily resizable by your jeweler); face is 1 1/8″ N-S by 3/4″ E-W; 11.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: Margot’s Eagle 16 assay mark as well as des. no 5170; her signature is not present but this...

1950s Kupitaan Kulta sterling silver dangle Earrings ~ Elis Kauppi, Finland

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Slick and elegant in such a less-is-more way this set of vintage sterling silver Kupitaan Kulta modernist earrings was created in Finland in the 1950s-60s period. It seems to me that in this set Elis Kauppi tempered bare bones minimalism with the lightest possible trace of vermeil that covers the inner surfaces of the earrings’ rectangular building blocks and gives the illusion of a textured finish. Spectacularly beautiful…   Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ long by 3/8″ wide; 7.2 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date:marked with Kupitaan Kulta’s logo as well as “925” on the screbacks; 1950s-early 1960s Condition:excellent vintage with stunning architectural presence, great patina and no damage or repairs noted   Inv.#14384   Offered at $165.00 Contact us about this...