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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet ~ Fred Davis style

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Based on a Fred Davis creation – if my memory doesn’t play tricks, that is – this Mexican silver bracelet combines repoussage, beading and oxidation to create links in a classic Deco design that conjures images of exotic birds as they unfurl richly colored, luxurious trains. I will suggest that it was made in Mexico City by a maker that though listed, remains in the shadows of the country’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance at least until more research sheds on him (or her?) the light of recognition. Beautifully made, elegant in a way only Mexican Deco can be, with bubbles of interestingly variegated purple in the amethyst cabs, this is an easy to wear bracelet that can hold its own in any situation…   Size / Weight:¬†7 1/4″ long (wearable; laid out flat it measures 7 1/2″) by 1″ wide; 46.6 grams Hallmarks / Date:¬†maker’s initials...

fun Mexican Deco silver amethyst charm Bracelet

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Charm bracelets are for me the harbingers of fun, carefree times and that perceptions is obviously shared by many out there because the form has been with us for such a long time and every so often its popularity is pushed again to the forefront of “style”. Playful and easy to enjoy, they come in many combinations of materials, with their charms developing around a theme or, quite often, offering lessons in … geometry, like here. Thick, beautifully aged sterling curb chain provides the base in this Mexican Deco example with the charms in the form of silver disks, each holding an amethyst cabochon set in a bezel. The stones are smooth and big, full of the inclusions that make Mexican amethyst visually interesting and popular with collectors…   Size / Weight: 7 1/2″ long (wearable); curb chain is 1/2″ wide; charms are 3/4″ in diameter and...

Mexican Deco silver and amethyst multi-row beaded Bracelet

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Rows of scrumptious, glistening repousse semi-spheres make up this Mexican Deco sterling silver hinged bracelet. If you follow One Good Eye Silver, you know that this is one of my absolute favorite designs from the period. I am obsessed with it and I look for good examples all the time even though it is becoming more and more difficult to come upon them. Of medium width, the example at hand has oxidized recesses and it is amethyst cabs that rest over the first layer of semi-spheres in the front “wing”. Securely clasped around the wrist with an old type yet very tight pin clasp, this is the kind of bracelet that will never fail to attract attention… Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1 3/8″ wide; 58.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage – I don’t even see any dings in...

classic Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet ~ owl or leaf and bead design

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A classic Mexican Deco design the often referred to as “owl” motif is also known as the “leaf and bead” – it’s up to you to decide which one captures your imagination but I like them both. Though I have sold examples of this design in all forms – necklaces, rings, earrings, brooches and bracelets – I don’t remember ever having seen any of those pieces signed by any of the “big” names nor even the ones I love to call the “less celebrated maestros”. They were all anonymous and well-made, the variety in their quality usually showing in the thickness of the silver sheet used to make the links, the quality of the stone and the attention to finishing and detail. Pleasantly heavy, with a beautiful cushion-cut amethyst and crisply executed silver-work, the bracelet at hand is comfortable to wear, quite eye-catching...

multi-row Mexican Deco repousse silver and amethyst beaded hinged Bracelet

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  Vividly colored, with fantastic patina, this vintage Deco Mexican silver and amethyst bracelet is a hinged piece and quite the treat! I am very partial to this form of jewelry. I call them hinged bangles because they do wear like a bangle but you don’t have to squeeze your hand through them thanks to the luxury of their hinged construction. And the ones like this, with their row after row of repoussse semi-spheres topped with bezel-set stones are a special treasure. In our case, the cabs are amethysts and, at a bigger size, they hide the clasp that is in the bracelet’s front…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 1/2″ at center front and 1″; 50.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition: very good vintage with great patina, beautiful stones with strong color...