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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...

Dominguez Mexican Deco silver jeweled Ring ~ Matl style

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

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  ...

Eagle 22 Fred Davis style Mexican silver amethyst “mask” Bracelet

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Eagle 22, one of the assay marks used by Fred Davis, is stamped on the bracelet at hand and its design combined with the fact that Davis was not at all meticulous at signing his pieces makes me believe that we might as well be dealing here with one of this creations. The carved amethyst “masks” are rendered in the most minimalist manner, a classic Abraham Paz / Fred Davis characteristic. For me, they also bring to mind ancient Cycladic art yet they were made thousands of years later in a totally different part of the world…   Size / Weight: 7″ long (wearable); width between 1 3/16″ and 9/16″; 52.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: Eagle 22 assay mark and “STERLING MEXICO”; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with gorgeous inclusions and color variations in the amethyst “masks”, nice patina, a very Deco geometric design and no...

modernist Taxco Mexican silver Necklace ~ Antonio Pineda design

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Copying an original mid-century design by Antonio Pineda, this heavy yet so flexible necklace was made in Taxco in the 1980s and its quality and attention to detail make it a great alternative to the maestro’s pricey originals. Graduated in size concave links with pointed ends on one side are connected to each other in a way that allows the necklace to lie perfectly around the neck and feel as if it’s part of your body. A great addition to any discerning well-dresser’s jewelry box…   Size / Weight: 16″ long (wearable); width between 1 1/4″ at center front and 5/8″ at its narrowest, near the clasp; 139.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MEXICO 925” and maker’s registration code as shown; 1980s Condition: excellent vintage, luscious and rich, with good patina and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#14855   Offered at $350.00...