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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst foliate Necklace

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

Surprisingly comfortable in length for a vintage Mexican necklace of this period, this sterling silver and amethyst foliate beauty dates in the pre-1948 period. There is something very powerful in the meticulously (albeit with a certain endearing naivete) hand-cut and chased leaf motifs prevalent in the design. Maybe it’s the leaves’ serrated edges; maybe it’s the confident way they combine with the beading and amethyst cabs to form the necklace’s central station. Be that as it may, what we have here is an excellent – and rare in its design – early Mexican Deco delight…   Size / Weight: 17 1/4″ long (wearable; length can also be adjusted downwards); central station is 3″ wide with a drop of 2″; width at the chain is 3/4″; 40.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with strong presence, nice patina and an interesting foliate...

Deco Mexican silver repousse Dragons Necklace and Earrings set ~ Los Castillo design

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Based on the Los Castillo “Chinese Dragons” design which was most probably created by Margot de Taxco during her “Far Eastern” period, the necklace and earrings set at hand is not signed for maker yet exhibits the careful, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail for which jewelry from that period is know and sought after. Unusually long the necklace is perfect for those of us who love Mexican Deco jewelry but not necessarily chokers while the earrings are guaranteed to add that “dragon lady” mystique to an otherwise ordinary day! Very good detail, careful finishing and great patina that accentuates the already oxidized recesses in the repoussage and renders the demi more sculptural…   Size/Weight: 21″ long (you could easily have it taken down to 18″ by removing one link on either side); central “dragons”...

Abraham Paz Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Ring

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The quintessential Art Deco designer, Abraham Paz is one of the earliest maestros of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. He worked in Mexico City and many of the designs we associate with Fred Davis are actually Paz’s creations. His minimalist “masks”, shield-form links and tiered ring settings epitomize the elegant geometry the 1920s and 1930s are known for while also foreshadowing the less-is-more attitude of modernism. Pinky-size yet easily resizable, the ring I am presenting here is adorned by a piece of amethyst rich in inclusions that rests graciously upon an angular sterling gallery…   Size / Weight: currently sz 4.5 US (yet easily resizable by your jeweler); face is 3/4″ N-S and 5/8″ E-W; 5.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s initials “AP” as shown as well as “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-30s...

Dominguez Mexican Deco silver jeweled Ring ~ Matl style

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A contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s maestro Dominguez worked in the same style the renowned maestra is known for and his jewelry offer a worthy alternative to Matl’s pieces whose prices have been steadily increasing over the last years. Held on an ornate raised oval platform, amethyst and turquoise cabs are nestled among “dimpled” dots and twist-rope wirework. The color of the stones, rich and saturated to begin with, is enhanced by the oxidized background and the warm patina of time. A veritable ode to the Mexico City style of jewelry making…   Size / Weight: sz 6 US (resizable by your jeweler); face is just shy of 1″ N-S and 3/4″ E-W; 3/8″ rise; 10.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “MEXICO 925”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with candy-like stones, rich in color and secure in their...

1940s Hector Aguilar Mexican silver floral Pin Brooch

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American, Uncategorized |

Big and beautifully aged this floral sterling silver Hector Aguilar brooch is representative of the 1940s’ love affair with all motifs from nature. The flower is here layered, with deep hand-chased details in the petals and foliage, a strong curving stem and a cluster of small beads right at its center. I love the way the bloom is wide open, its face turned to the sun, taking in light and heat and turning it to color, aromas and beauty for our visual enjoyment…   Size / Weight: 3 1/4″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide; 21.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks that dates it in the 1940-45 period Condition: excellent vintage with patina that hasn’t been disturbed in years (you can always polish to a higher sheen), sculptural and perfectly finished, with no damage or repairs noted – an Aguilar classic! Inv.#14769  ...