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fun Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver figural Pin Brooch

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Sometimes things just fall into your lap unexpectedly and this is what happened with the two Antonio Pineda brooches I am listing today. First up a fun (albeit … smelly in real life, if you are not careful) figural brooch glorifying our beloved skunk! At least, I think it’s a skunk and I wish I had a more noble name for the creature. Such an unusual, tongue-in-cheek design for Antonio who is seriously modernist and quite heavy at times. Nice overlay, deep oxidation, almost out of a cartoon yet so beautifully rendered. It’s Antonio after all…   Size / Weight: 1 3/4″ wide by 1″ tall; 10.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Antonio’s crown, “970 SILVER”, “HECHO EN MEXICO”, des. no PR 568 and Eagle 17 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with a fun, easy to enjoy theme, nice patina, its...

Antonio Pineda Mexican silver black onyx “crescents” Necklace

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Stunning Antonio Pineda Mexican modernist silver and black onyx necklace, this too is wrought in the maestro’s favorite fine, .970 alloy in a variation of his “crescents” design. There isn’t much one can say about Antonio jewelry, at least not more than a few good photos can say, but let me express my admiration for the magical way he articulates his creations so as to sit perfectly where they should and at the same time showcase the design’s sculpturality in the best possible light. I have to admit that I like this specific version of the “crescents” in necklace form more than his cascading bib. There is something solid, no jokes about it but it is also so mod and slick and elegant…   Size/Weight: approx. 14″ long (wearable; it is too difficult to measure accurately so I am judging based on how it sits around my neck; it could be...

big Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver amethyst Locket Pendant Necklace

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How often does one find an Antonio Pineda locket pendant? Not often enough and if one does come upon such a treasure, what are the odds that it’s going to be big, bold and beautiful like the rare, fantastic example offered here? Hefty and meticulously crafted, from the twist-rope and beading detail surrounding the stone’s bezel to the dramatic amethyst oval that takes up almost the locket’s entire face, to the substantial hand-made chain (by a different maker yet perfectly matching the pendant), everything is exceptionally beautiful and of that high quality all Antonio pieces are known and sought after for. I will leave the rest to the photos…   Size/Weight: pendant is 2” tall by 1  1/2” wide; with the two bails (fixed and movable) it adds a 2  3/4” drop to the chain; chain itself is 30” long; 74.7 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully marked as shown with...

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:...

rare Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver Necklace ~ knot with pearls

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An extremely rare Antonio Pineda necklace this modernist beauty I am presenting here is wrought in his favorite fine .970 silver alloy, oxidized in the design’s recesses and embellished with ten gorgeous, luminous soft white pearls. Cascading from an elaborate knot that forms the necklace’s central station, the pearls rest graciously on the collar bone and they look fantastic against a black background. Shown on p. 147 in “Silver Seduction”, the official catalogue for Pineda’s retrospective exhibition at UCLA’s Fowler Museum in 2008, the necklace is one of those designs that appear very rarely and, in my opinion, should be considered a treasured find. Elegant, expressive of Antonio’s genius yet freed from the bulkiness that characterizes some of his creations, the necklace is articulated and crafted in such a way as to gingerly sit rather than...