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Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver Bracelet ~ Taxco modernist “double masks”

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One of Taxco’s early maestros, Jose Luis Flores worked for Aguilar as well as for Emma and Miguel Melendez. Carefully crafted and meticulously finished, his jewelry is often based on creations by his more renowned colleagues yet he can be quite creative and original himself. In my opinion, he is at his best within the realm of modernist design and I believe that the bracelet presented here attests to that. Clever cut-outs, beading and layering combine to shape minimalist “masks” that are then “mirrored” to create each link. This doubling-up of the main motif in the bracelet makes it a little more difficult for the eye to “read” the “mask” – in the parure’s necklace (already sold) it is much clearer and I have provided a photo for you to see it…   Size/Weight: wearable length between 6 3/4″ and 6...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver copper dangle Earrings ~ Aguilar design

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Matching the modernist bracelet that is also available on my site (you can get a glimpse of it in one of the photos above) this set of mixed metals Jose Luis Flores dangle earrings is based on an Aguilar design. Seamlessly articulated with hidden rivets the three oval disks that form each earring are cut out of sheets with good thickness and have acquired a warmly glowing patina over their long life. Easy to wear and quite contemporary in their look, they were converted from screw-backs to posts at some point so Flores’s signature is gone. I have, however, added photos of the hallmarks on the matching bracelet and of the set together to support the attribution…   Size/Weight: 1 1/2″ long by 11/16″ wide; 15.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: “.925 MEXICO”; no maker’s initials (they were probably on the original screw-backs that were...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver and copper modernist Bracelet ~ Aguilar design

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I am not sure if Jose Luis Flores worked for Aguilar at some point during his career yet the mixed metals modernist bracelet of his that I am presenting here is based on an Aguilar design. Flores is one of those Taxco maestros who produced consistently high quality jewelry, often emulating pieces first launched by the “big” workshops yet quite frequently coming up with ingenious creations of their own. What I love about this bracelet is the graduated size of its oval links, its good weight and the interplay of gracefully aged silver with the warmth of copper. The fact that the links are actually riveted together in the back thus guaranteeing smooth, unimpeded movement is another indication of the bracelet’s high craftsmanship… PS: As you can see in one of the photos, the matching earrings are also available; if you don’t see them on the site yet, please...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver Necklace ~ modernist Taxco mask design

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A talented Taxco maestro who worked for Aguilar as well as Miguel and Emma Melendez, Jose Luis Flores was best when he delved into the world of modernist design. Yet it is not only design that makes his jewelry desirable – it is also craftsmanship of the highest level and attention to finishing and detail. Minimalist masks, the links comprising the necklace presented here are created with clever cut-outs, beading and layering. Simple yet not simplistic… PS: The matching bracelet is also available and will be offered shortly – if you don’t see it, please ask!   Size/Weight: 16 3/8″ long (wearable) by 1/2″ wide; 58.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “JLF” as well as “STERLING TAXCO” and des. no 1026; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with slick, free flowing lines, impeccably crafted, having nice patina...

Jose Luis Flores for Miguel Mexican silver Bracelet ~ sublime Scandinavian style Taxco

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Sublime Jose Luis Flores for Miguel Mexican silver bracelet in what I consider to be the best of the Taxco maestro’s creations, this is a masterpiece of texture, patina, evocative design and perfect execution. I don’t think I would be exaggerating if I compared this piece to the best examples of Scandinavian jewelry – it truly is sublime and quite difficult to find in this double-width version…   Size/Weight: 6  1/2″ long (wearable; perfect for smaller to medium wrists); 1  1/4″ wide; 47.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials as well as Miguel’s logo alongside Eagle 1 assay mark, “TAXCO MEXICO” and des. no 1303; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with the silkiest patina ever, stunning presence and no damage noted   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...