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Mexican silver modernist Necklace Earrings set, Ledesma style Taxco niello

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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...

Deco CEL Matl style Mexican silver palomas Ring with stones

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Based on a very difficult (and hence quite pricey) Matilde Poulat design, the Deco Mexican silver ring I am presenting here is signed by CEL, a well-listed yet still unidentified early maestro. CEL belonged in the Mexico City school of jewelry-making and all his work that I have handled is based on original Poulat creations. His craftsmanship, attention to detail and the quality of materials he used resulted in pieces that are unfailingly en par with Matl jewelry and offer the perfect alternative to her difficult to get pieces. The “palomas” ring at hand with its gorgeous repoussage, classy beading and the splash of color added by turquoise, coral and amethyst cabs illustrates in the best way CEL’s mastery over his art…   Size/Weight: sz 6; face is 1  5/16″ by 1  3/16″; ring height 7/16″; 13.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials as...

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...