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rare Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver dangle Earrings ~ caged pearls design

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A rarely surfacing pair of Antonio Pineda Mexican dangle earrings, this set is pictured on p. 114 of Stromberg’s book on the maestro’s work that accompanied the exhibition of his jewelry at UCLA’s Fowler Museum in 2008. Though Stromberg describes the design differently, I like to think of it as the “three caged pearls” earrings – a whirlwind of 970, high purity silver twisting around pearlescent white little spheres and holding them captive in perpetuity. Modernity and classic elegance in a perfect ensemble..   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ long by 5/8″ wide; 16.7 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Antonio’s crown as well as “970” and bear Eagle 208 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with strong visual presence, a beautiful combination of silver and pearl and great patina; no damage or...

Rancho Alegre Mexican mixed metals Cuff Bracelet and Earrings set ~ Taxco grapes design

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Founded in 1956 by a former shop manager for William Spratling, Rancho Alegre stayed in business until 1985 and it became known as a retailer for high quality jewelry by some of Taxco’s best maestros. The mixed metals cuff bracelet and earrings I am presenting here is a classic for the period and impeccably crafted. Silver and brass combine in an iconic design, grape leaves and clusters of fruit. Perfectly finished, with a three-dimensional quality that is further enhanced by the warm patina of time, the set is signed by A.L., a listed yet still unidentified Taxco silversmith whose work was quite often sold through Rancho Alegre…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/4″ gap); 1 3/4″ wide at center front; earrings are 1″ square; 67.3 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: cuff is marked with maker’s initials...

Los Castillo Mexican silver Necklace and Earrings set with dangles, sculptural des. no 788

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A fabulous Los Castillo Mexican silver necklace and earrings set, des. no 788 is a sculptural beauty and a relatively early creation as is indicated by the low design number. Its perfectly formed rosettes, the three-dimensional dangles and its festoon links are, in my mind at least, derivatives of ancient Roman motifs. I could never exaggerate the elegance with which the necklace sits around the neck and the beguiling fleshiness of the generous earrings. This is a set that becomes a collection’s cornerstone and stays with its owner for a long long time…   Size/Weight: necklace is 16 1/8″ long (wearable; might even feel a little longer due to the curves in the festoon links); dangles part is 3 7/8″ wide with a drop of 1 1/2″; earrings are 1 5/8″ long by just a tad above 1/2″ wide; 83.4 grams (for the set; 69.3 grams for the necklace / 14.2 grams...

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...

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...