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Enrique Ledesma Mexican modernist silver and gemstone Ring

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Overlay, oxidation and faceted gemstone combine in this Ledesma modernist sterling silver ring. The gem is deep purple in color and it registers as spinel on my gem tester even though it does look (and even behaves) like a color-change sapphire. Eye-pleasing asymmetry and a sense of effortless flow work together to bestow the ring an airy feeling – an airiness that is also reflected in the way it wears…   Size/Weight: sz 6 US (resizable with this caveat: the hallmarks are on the inside of the shank so if your jeweler has to be careful enough or you have to sacrifice part of them); face is just shy of 1″ by 5/8″; 5.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “TAXCO 925” and “MEXICO” alongside Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with a richly colored, beautiful gem, great patina and no damage...

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...

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,...