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long 1950s Mexican silver and pre-Colombian azurite mask Pendant Necklace

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Put together around the middle of the 20th c. in Jalisco, one of Mexico’s major silversmithing centers, the long pendant necklace I am presenting here combines a variety of materials in a way that is very typical of the 1950s. I suspect, however, that the carved azurite mask that takes center stage here is an ancient, pre-Colombian artifact which was, at the time of the necklace’s fashioning, treated to a “fresh” coat of glaze. Though I do not claim any kind of expertise in Aztec and Maya archeology, the workmanship on the mask reminds me of other, similar pieces I have had in the past that had been untreated so their age could be ascertained more easily. And it does have striking similarities to a Los Castillo example I sold recently which featured a turquoise mask. I love this necklace not only because of the stone mask but also because the brass, copper and...

heavy Mexican silver and malachite modernist Necklace ~ Antonio Pineda style

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Heavy vintage Mexican sterling silver necklace, this is a modernist piece with beautifully colored malachite and I think it’s more than obvious that in its design, it has been heavily influenced by Antonio Pineda’s style. An anonymous beauty, it will nonetheless sweep you off your feet not just because of its heft and the sublime stones but also because it wears like a dream despite its generous proportions. Longer than most vintage Taxco necklaces, it can easily accept an extension, should you want to add more length to it…   Size/Weight: 16 1/2″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 17 1/8″); 3/4″ wide; 121.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “925” and “MEXICO” on the inside of the clasp’s hook; a puzzler when it comes to dating; I will suggest probably pre-1948 because of the...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver koi fish Necklace and Brooches combo des. 5207

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Gorgeous Margot de Taxco sterling repousse koi fish necklace and pins combo, this is a design out of her “Far Eastern” period. A Margot classic and one of her most loved creations, it is executed in all-silver here with stunning, articulated fish and two lengths of chain whose links mirror the waves and bubbles surrounding the koi. It seems that Margot was a practical kind of girl who had an affinity for jewelry that could be broken up in smaller components which would then work individually as well. Wear this example as a necklace or enjoy its two koi pins alone. The previous owner assured me that she also combined one length of chain with one of the brooches to form a bracelet. It is doable indeed yet on my wrist, it didn’t quite sit properly, maybe because of the size…   Size/Weight:  15  1/8″ long (wearable; can easily accept an extension); koi...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver Necklace ~ majestic repousse pectoral no 5161

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Majestic Margot de Taxco sterling silver necklace, this is des. no 5161 in its pectoral form which I find irresistible. An ode to Margot’s exceptional creativity, the necklace combines sculptural repoussage, strategically placed beading and riveting that results in a divine piece of jewelry which holds its place elegantly and looks regal…   Size/Weight: wearable length adjustable between 15 1/4″ and 18 1/4″ (with the sterling extension provided); pectoral part is 7 3/4″ long by 1 3/4″ wide; 83.5 grams (with extension – 81.7 grams necklace alone) Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with Margot’s logo as shown as well as Eagle 16 assay mark and des. no 5161; 1950s Condition: excellent vintage with the quality that Margot jewelry is known and collected for, great patina and no damage noted; I suspect that the hook of the...

pre-1980 Tane Mexican silver modernist Necklace ~ the Parrot

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For those of us who are in love with the sleek lines of minimalist abstraction a pre-1980 sterling silver Tane necklace in a modernist “parrot” design. It is not just the unimpeded flow of the lines in the bird’s rendition that elevate this piece in the realm of the coveted and the unusual, it is also the inventive clasp that hides in the design that impresses. Pre-1980 Tane jewelry is not very easy to find and the example I am offering here justifies, I think, the company’s reputation as the “Tiffany’s of Mexico”.,,   Size/Weight: approx. 15″ long; parrot part is 3 3/4″ long by 3/4″ wide; 100.00 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with the taller’s name, Eagle 206 assay mark as well as “MEXICO” and “STERLING 925”; pre-1980 Condition: very good vintage; definitely a show-stopper  ...