Mexican Deco silver and copper Necklace ~ dimpled dot tulips

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Generously long, with a hefty chain and an unusual stylized floral design, this early Mexican Deco necklace combines silver and copper in a playful yet still bold way. The graduated tulip links bring to my mind classic representations of the flower in Ottoman art – the blooms are slender and tall as opposed to the hybrids we are used today which are shorter and rounder. The minimalism of the floral links is set off by the cheerfulness of the mixed metals dangles, each made up of four “dimpled dot” repousse semi-spheres. I still cannot get over the “seriousness” of the thick, handmade chain. What a way to keep flowers around your neck… PS: The matching bracelet is also available and will be offered shortly – if you don’t see it, please ask! Size / Weight: 18″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 18 1/2″...

masterful Doris Mexican Deco silver repousse floral Necklace

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One of the most interesting – and few – female figures of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Doris Smith Chamberlin was a Texas-born American who decided to move to Mexico in the 1940s to open her own workshop after having completed post-graduate studies in art and having taught woodworking, textile-making and silver-smithing for a few years in California (I am grateful to Decotini for the information). In Mexico City, where she settled, she created and sold her own designs but also commissioned work from the best Mexican maestros. Often signed “Corpus Artisans” alongside her own signature, Doris’s jewelry exhibits impeccable craftsmanship and finishing and inspired design. The floral necklace presented here illustrates, I believe, the previous statement in the most effective way. The repoussage is fleshy and bold yet doesn’t compromise the...

Maricela Mexican silver hibiscus Necklace ~ Isidro Pina Taxco floral design

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Exhibiting the superlative craftsmanship and attention to detail maestro Isidro Garcia Pina’s jewelry is known and collected for, a vintage Maricela Mexican silver necklace whose floral links remind me of hibiscus blossoms. Pina is associated with Taxco naturalism and his rendition of flowers and foliage is en par with similar Scandinavian pieces. I love the fleshiness of the links, the way the petals curl and the deep chasing for the veins that makes them look almost true to life…   Size/Weight: 16  3/4″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 17  1/4″) by 1  1/8″ wide; 67.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with the line’s name as well as “STERLING” and “925 Tasco”; possibly a badly stamped Eagle mark there as well but too difficult to tell; 1940s-50s Condition: excellent...