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Casa Prieto Mexican silver and amethyst Pin Brooch ~ swallow and heart

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Swallows hold within their slender, elegant little bodies tender memories of my childhood in Greece – they are considered the most important harbingers of spring and symbolize regeneration, hope and the assurance that sun-filled days will always follow the darkest hours of winter. For the Victorians, they represented faithfulness and the promise of a loved-one’s return and as a motif, they were widely used in sentimental jewelry. This stunning Mexican Deco silver repousse version captures the bird at mid-flight, its bifurcated tail and extended wings helping it ride the winds to deliver the love token it carries. And what a statement that heart-shaped charm with its amethyst cabochon makes…   Size / Weight: 3 1/2″ beak to tail; 3 3/8″ wing span; heart token adds a 3/4″ drop and is 1/2″ wide; 22.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: “CASA...

massive Casa Prieto Mexican silver jaguar Bracelet with turquoise

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Based in Mexico City, Casa Prieto is an early name in the story of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance yet we don’t really know much about them. Their output varies in originality, proportions and craftsmanship yet when one catches them at their best moment, the encounter is more than noteworthy! The spectacular bracelet presented here is without any doubt one of those moments. Massive in size, it is wrought out of heavy gauge silver sheet than has been hand-cut to create figural panels, oxidized and adorned with wirework and gorgeous turquoise cabs set in bezels. Representing one of the Aztec elite military bodies, the leopard featured in the two larger links seems alert to its surroundings, its tail curling dramatically, the spots on its body and its mane meticulously chased. Superb, rare and worthy of the best collection…   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner...

Casa Prieto Mexican silver and agate Pin Brooch ~ leaf and berry repousse

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Based on Avenida Juarez in Mexico City, Casa Prieto is one of those talleres that we don’t know much about but their jewelry, early and bold, can be stunning. The brooch at hand, big and beautifully crafted in a leaf-and-berry design, is perfect for the winter when bulky clothing requires equally impressive accessories…   Size/Weight: 4  1/8″ by 1  7/8″; 30.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed in early raised letters with partial maker’s name as well as “AVE JUAREZ 40” and “MEXICO D.F.”; tests as silver and is guaranteed to be of sterling quality; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with eye-catching size, bold repoussage, a nice polished agate cab and great patina.   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...