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Mexican Deco silver turquoise multi-row repousse beaded Bracelet

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Most probably made in Mexico City, this Art Deco silver beauty is one of those designs that never lose their appeal and continue to be sought out decades after they first came out of the workshop. I have said in the past that I am obsessed with this type of repousse beaded hinged bangles. I love them in all their various widths, with all the stones they can be found, and I can never keep them for long! The example I am presenting here is of medium width, with rows of turquoise cabs laid over the silver semi-spheres of the front “wing”. The patina is exquisite, the color of the stones almost sage green, and the shape of the bracelet is oval – an unexpected departure from the usual round that makes it so more comfortable to wear…   Size/Weight: inner circumference just shy of 6 3/4″ (clasped); 1″ wide; 36.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: “SILVER...

Topazio style Portuguese Deco silver hinged Bracelet ~ roses and acanthus

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The first in a series of fabulous vintage Portuguese silver repousse bracelets I will be presenting in the next few weeks, this hinged bangle commands an impressive presence not only because of its architecturality but also due to the fantastic patina it has developed over the years. Accentuated by the darkened background, the meticulously worked floral and acanthus motifs look as if they float above a sea of old sterling and their detail is such that it captures the eye even at a distance. Dating in the tail end of the Deco years as is evidenced by the pyramidal shape of its sections, the bracelet nevertheless bears traces of Revival jewelry with its prominent use of the acanthus…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1″ wide; 44.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked “925” with a additional assay hallmarks that though definitely Portuguese are not...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver hinged Bracelet, sculptural des. no 5243

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One of Margot’s most sculptural creations, this is also a bracelet that one needs to hold and run one’s fingers over its carved beauty in order to fully appreciate it. There are so many elements combined in this design: the Greek key, strategically placed beading, mirrored layered wings, cut-outs. Yet they all come together perfectly, none of them superfluous – the bracelet is tactile, even sexy, if I dare say so, and its weight feels so intimate around the wrist…   Size/Weight: 6.75″ inner circumference (clasped; perfect for smaller to medium wrists); width between 1 1/4″ and 1/2″; 54.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: Margot’s signature as well as des. no 5243 and “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING; I don’t see an Eagle assay mark but I think that’s just an oversight; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage, with the quality of...

early Taxco 980 Mexican Deco silver repousse hinged Bracelet

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Early Taxco repousse jewelry from the beginnings of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance are getting hard to find, especially when they are superbly crafted in high purity, 980 silver like the hinged work of art presented here. I am doubly excited for this find because it is exactly that – an amazing, unexpected find! Fleshy repoussage, crisply delineated, unfolds in powerful twists and turns. Wrought in thick silver sheet that has kept them unmarred over the decades the two “wings” are held together with an old type pin clasp. Heavy and generously wide, with surprise asymmetrical cuts along its lower perimeter, the bracelet is a pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: 7 1/2″ inner circumference (clasped); 2″ wide; 122.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “TAXCO 980”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with imposing...