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classic Mexican Deco silver and turquoise mesh Necklace

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Generous in weight, very well made and with fantastic patina, this early Mexican Deco silver mesh necklace is adorned with bezel-set turquoise cabs and was probably made in Mexico City. There are three rows of flat chain woven together here, made of thick silver and glowing with the warmth that old sterling acquires when it has been loved and enjoyed with care. This specific design can be found signed by FarFan or “TNC”, a listed yet still unidentified maestro. Yet more often than not, it comes anonymous like the example at hand…   Size/Weight: 15 1/8″ long (wearable) by just shy of 1″ wide; 123.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MEXICO SILVER”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina (you can always polish a little, if you so desire), with beautiful color in the cabs that are all present and securely set in their bezels, with...

massive Mexican Deco silver carved amethyst mask Pendant Necklace, thick twist rope chain

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There is massive and then there is … massive! And believe me when I say that this is a stupendous in its proportions piece. I am used to these pendants having a Los Ballesteros signature but this one is not by them. It is nonetheless one of the most amazing “mask” jewelry I have handled to date. The carving in the amethyst face is deep and carefully done, the color of the stone rich and saturated, the “beehive” silver frame that houses it sheer perfection and the chain, oh, that alone would be a coveted piece. Last but not least, patina, patina, patina…   Size/Weight: pendant is 2 7/8″ tall (not including the bail) by 2 1/2″ wide; with the bail it adds a 3 1/4″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 21″ long with its diameter approx. 1/4″; 124.7 grams (for the set; 73.5 grams for the pendant; 51.2 grams for the chain)...

stunning Mexican Deco silver and jade flaming heart Necklace

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Directly out of the Spanish Colonial tradition that infused Mexican folk art with Christian symbolism, this Deco silver necklace features a big carved “flaming heart” as its central station. A very popular milagro design, the flaming heart represents the “sacre coeur” of Catholicism, Jesus’s divine love for all humanity. Carved out of luscious green Mexican “jade” the heart in our necklace is truly a small sculpture. I find the stones’ color variation fascinating, a testament to the “folky” air surrounding this piece. Thick silver links in the “archeological” style and smaller ones with beading complete the silver work that frames the stones. A very rare to find necklace and breath-takingly beautiful…   Size/Weight: 15  3/4″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 16...

M. Velazquez Mexican Deco silver Necklace ~ Matl style repousse

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One of the most accomplished Mexican silversmiths who excelled in the Mexico City style repousse, M. Velazquez is largely “unknown” to us with the exception of his hallmarks and the quality of his work. As an early maestro who definitely belongs in the same school that Matilde Poulat is associated with, Velazquez created earthy, fleshy jewelry steeped in the country’s rich folk tradition. Many of his works are based on Matl designs and the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail and materials they exhibit elevated them to sought after alternatives for Poulat’s more difficult to find and more expensive pieces. Yet I would be remiss if I didn’t say that Velazquez’s own design genius has justifiably secured him a prominent position in the pantheon of Mexico’s early 20th c. Silver Renaissance… PS: The bracelet accompanying  the...

rare Mexican Deco silver puffy hearts Charm Necklace

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Early Mexican Deco silver “puffy heart” necklace, this is possibly the most interesting, most unexpected design I have seen in my years of dealing, reading and “hunting” in the field. Classic Victorian style repousse heart links with stamped and oxidized scroll and band designs, adorned with bezel-set turquoise cabs form part of the chain and the central medallion. Very reminiscent of Southwestern jewelry yet still employing motifs that are not commonly found in that design vernacular either. Sweet as can be and (dare I say it?) one-of-a-kind…   Size/Weight: 18  1/2″ long (wearable; adjustable thanks to the hook-and-eye clasp); “puffy hearts” part is 9  1/2″ long and 5/8″ wide (width of the heart links); central medallion is 1  5/8″ by 1  1/2″; 19.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “MEXICO...