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rare Cecilia Tono Mexican silver Bracelet ~ mixed metals, mozaico inlay and figural appliques

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It is very tempting after years and years of looking for, handling, buying and selling vintage Mexican silver jewelry to think that one has eventually “seen it all” and even flirt with a false sense of semi-omniscience! And just when this idea seems to coalesce into a belief, there comes this unexpected, never encountered before piece that shatters it all – in the best, most rewarding way possible! This superbly crafted Cecilia / Tono bracelet is undoubtedly one of those moving examples. Not much is known about the two names signing it – more research is desperately needed before we lose all connection to those amazing maestros – but they are associated with the highest quality of piedra negra, mozaico azteca and metales casados jewelry. In our case the techniques come together in a jaw-dropping, very rarely seen piece of wearable art. I will rest my case...

Taxco 980 Mexican silver Aguilar design Locket Pendant Necklace with azur malachite

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Early, heavy, wrought in fine purity .980 silver the stupendous chain in this pendant necklace is obviously based on Hector Aguilar’s “v” link design. Simply bearing a raised mark for Taxco and the metal content hallmark, it is without any doubt comparable to the renowned maestro’s original both in heft as well as in level of craftsmanship and quality of materials used. Its deep and careful hand-chased details reflect the warmly ornamentation on the locket pendant I have paired it with. Of the same period yet made out of sterling silver, the pendant is a wonderful thing. Deeply oxidized, its circular platform enhances the glow of the wire-work, beading, shell and floral appliques and underlines the saturated blues and greens of the azur-malachite stone. Often called “poison lockets” pieces like this most probably held hidden photos of loved ones or...

Los Castillo Mexican silver mozaico Azteca Earrings

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Sweet-as-can-be Los Castillo sterling silver earrings in a leaf and bead design executed employing the mozaico Azteca technique. Azur-malachite, the stone used for the inlay here, is one of my favorite stones. I find the mixing of saturated blues and greens rich and pleasing to the eye and here the two colors are complemented by an earthy khaki/brown as well. Beautifully made as all Los Castillo jewelry are the earrings have presence and are easy to wear…   Size/Weight: 1 1/4″ long by 3/4″ wide; 12.1 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with the Los Castillo signature as well as “STERLING MADE IN MEXICO”, “MOZAICO AZTECA” and des. no 113; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with rich, saturated colors in the inlay that is all there, free of damage or repairs and having nice patina   SOLD – Thank...

big early Taxco Deco 980 silver and azurite Pin Brooch ~ Mexican archeological style

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Early Mexican Deco 980 silver brooch housing a big, richly colored azurite stone, I believe that this is a Taxco piece and it is simply stunning! Very much in the archeological style that was prevalent in the first decades of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, it combines wire- and scroll-work with oxidation and repoussage in a design that is an ode to geometry itself. I am very partial to brooches and this is a big, showy piece yet at the same time it has a classy elegance that will never go out of fashion…   Size/Weight: 2  7/8″ wide by 2  1/2″ tall; 50.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked “980” in early, raised numerals; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with imposing presence, a substantial stone that is richly colored, beautifully finished and with great patina; no damage nor any repairs noted     SOLD – Thank you! Contact us...