Los Ballesteros Mexican silver and amethyst modernist Bracelet

on Oct 23, 2018 in archived

One of the earliest Mexican talleres that contributed to the country’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, the Los Ballesteros tried their hand in many styles and their work varies in originality and quality. I believe, however, that they truly excelled in at least one form – the hinged bangle bracelets that they usually adorned with semi-precious stones. I never tire of looking for them and even though I have been dealing in vintage Mexican silver jewelry for quite some time now, I am still impressed by the variety of designs and the bold combinations that they offer. Very reminiscent of Antonio Pineda’s work, the modernist example at hand, generous in proportions yet comfortable and easy to wear, is the epitome of minimalism but for the stunningly colored oval amethysts that it holds. The stones are open-backed to make the most of the light and they add a sense of purple luxury to an otherwise unadorned sterling bracelet…


Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped); 1 1/4″ wide; 101.9 grams

Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with the Los Ballesteros logo as well as “STERLING 925” and “HECHO EN MEXICO”; 1940s

Condition: excellent vintage with breath-taking presence, some of the most beautiful amethysts I have seen in Mexican jewelry, with warmly glowing patina and a strong, fully functioning clasp; there is no damage or repairs except for the most imperceptible impression on the back wing – difficult to spot (easier to feel than to see), it does not affect the way the bracelet looks at all



SOLD – Thank you!

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