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rare Miguel Martinez Rancho Alegre Mexican silver and gem pectoral Necklace

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Sublime Miguel for Rancho Alegre Mexican silver pectoral necklace featuring a sculptural blossom, its center occupied by an aqua blue faceted gem which registers in the spinel area of my tester. An incredibly talented modernist, Miguel Garcia Martinez tends to fare under the radar of many Mexican silver lovers who are not yet very well versed in the world of vintage Taxco jewelry. His work, however, is worthy of the best collections. His design is inspired; he has an uncanny ability to combine gleaming silver with sparkling faceted gems; his craftsmanship and attention to detail are unsurpassed and all of his creations that I have had over the years were impeccable, characterized by a refreshing originality. The necklace at hand is not only a pleasure to behold, it is also extremely comfortable to wear and sits perfectly around the neck because of its articulated construction. The rest...

Miguel Martinez Mexican silver Bracelet ~ exquisite Danish style repousse

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Exquisitely crafted Miguel Martinez vintage Mexican silver bracelet in a “flower and bead” design evocative of similar Danish jewelry, especially creations by George Jensen. I consider Martinez one of the most talented Taxco maestros and I particularly love his work that veers away from the “classic” Mexican design vernacular to explore Scandinavian naturalism, like here, or modernism. Perfectly finished, a dream to wear as its articulated construction allows the bracelet to conform to the wrist’s movement, this is a piece that defies the whims of time and fashion…   Size/Weight: 6  1/2″ long (wearable; total length is 7″ but there is a hook clasp); floral link at center front just shy of 2” tall by 1  1/8” wide; width at the chain varies between 7/8” (next to flower) and 1/2”; 39.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with...

Miguel Martinez Mexican silver Yalalag cross Necklace ~ heavy Taxco sterling

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Vintage Miguel Martinez cross necklace, generously long and retaining its original chain, this example is inspired by the ancient yalalag crosses worn in Mexico long before the Spanish conquest. A classic rendition of the design, it features a big winged heart at the pendant’s center with generously sized dangles and a heavy double loop and sphere chain. Whether you wear it to express your spirituality or as a work of art, it is a stunning piece and exhibits all the qualities Martinez’s jewelry is known and collected for…   Size/Weight: pendant is 4″ long by 2  1/4″ wide;  chain is 26  1/4″ long (please note that this is a continuous chain without a clasp); 83.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: Miguel’s name in capital letters alongside “STERLING 925”, “MEXICO” and Eagle 1 assay mark; 1950s-70s Condition: excellent vintage,...

Deco Miguel Martinez Mexican sterling silver Bracelet ~ Taxco floral repousse

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Matching the necklace that is also available on my site as you can see, a difficult to find, early Miguel Martinez sterling silver bracelet featuring a stunning lily as its centerpiece. Martinez’s uncontested talent elevated him to the position of chief designer for Rancho Alegre and his jewelry is always impeccably finished, creatively designed and made using materials of the highest quality. Here, the a-symmetry in the positioning of the links that flank the flower alludes to Japanese aesthetics yet the bold fleshiness of the repoussage is unmistakably Mexican…   Size/Weight: 6  1/2″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes more comfortable at 7″); width between 1  1/8″ and 1/2″; 39.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature in capital letters as shown as well as “MEXICO STERLING 925”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage...

rare Miguel Martinez Mexican Deco silver repousse Necklace ~ a Taxco sterling lily

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The primary designer for Rancho Alegre, Miguel Martinez was one of the most talented early Taxco maestros. I am thrilled to be presenting the necklace at hand not only because of its early date and rarity but also because I consider it one of the best flower renditions in Mexican jewelry. The sculpturality of the repoussage, accented by oxidation and patina, the clustering of tiny beads at the very heart of the lily, and the beguilingly flowing lines of the petals and the links that form the chain combine in a truly sublime necklace. I have added a sterling extender so the necklace’s length can be easily customized…   Size/Weight: length adjustable between 14 1/2″ and 18″; central link 2 1/4″ long by 2″ tall;  52.2 grams (50.4 grams for necklace alone) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage, a...