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early Taxco 980 silver and copper Bracelet ~ stylized tulips

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Matching the bracelet that is also available here this early Taxco bracelet is wrought in high purity, 980 silver with accents of copper. Its links are stylized, elongated tulips, looking like the flower used to be in its earlier forms and they are interrupted by little round disks, each holding copper and silver dimpled dots on them. Fantastic patina and a quite unusual design combine in a bracelet that is easy to wear and a treat to look at…   Size / Weight: 6  7/8″ long (wearable; once clasped, it goes up to 7  1/8″) by just shy of 1″ wide; 30.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: “TAXCO 980”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage, with beautiful patina and in an unusual design, comfortable to wear, with no damage or repairs noted Inv.#14978 SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Los Castillo Mexican silver copper dangle Earrings

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A copper glyph of a highly stylized Maya or Aztec bird motif is set in sterling and adorns the triangular dangle in a set of Los Castillo “mixed metals” earrings from the mid-20th c.. As is the case with many pieces executed in the “metales casados” technique, here too an ancient design is re-interpreted, given a slick, modernist twist and thrust into our contemporary world in a way that ensures it belongs and expresses our modern sensibilities…   Size / Weight: 1 5/8″ long by 7/8″ wide; 17.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: taller’s signature as shown as well as “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING”, des. no 72 and Eagle 15 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with the superb craftsmanship and perfect finishing all Los Castillo “mixed metals” jewelry is known for, having fantastic patina and no damage or repairs...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver “mixed metals” figural Pin Brooch

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Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite Taxco maestros. I believe his talent and workmanship to have been of the same caliber as that of his more famous contemporaries and I am always on the look out for his jewelry. Based on his work, I believe that he must have worked for at least the Los Castillo and/or Margot de Taxco and his prowess in the art of repoussage supports the hypothesis. But he didn’t limit himself to the more “straightforward” kind of silversmithing – I have had enameled pieces by him in the past and today, I am presenting a fantastic “metales casados” (mixed metals) brooch. Just look at this treasure: on the back, it looks as clean and stunning as in the front! This is one of the “cleanest”, neatest, most seamless examples of this difficult technique I have ever seen. I will leave the rest to the photos…  ...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver copper dangle Earrings ~ Aguilar design

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Matching the modernist bracelet that is also available on my site (you can get a glimpse of it in one of the photos above) this set of mixed metals Jose Luis Flores dangle earrings is based on an Aguilar design. Seamlessly articulated with hidden rivets the three oval disks that form each earring are cut out of sheets with good thickness and have acquired a warmly glowing patina over their long life. Easy to wear and quite contemporary in their look, they were converted from screw-backs to posts at some point so Flores’s signature is gone. I have, however, added photos of the hallmarks on the matching bracelet and of the set together to support the attribution…   Size/Weight: 1 1/2″ long by 11/16″ wide; 15.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: “.925 MEXICO”; no maker’s initials (they were probably on the original screw-backs that were...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver and copper modernist Bracelet ~ Aguilar design

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I am not sure if Jose Luis Flores worked for Aguilar at some point during his career yet the mixed metals modernist bracelet of his that I am presenting here is based on an Aguilar design. Flores is one of those Taxco maestros who produced consistently high quality jewelry, often emulating pieces first launched by the “big” workshops yet quite frequently coming up with ingenious creations of their own. What I love about this bracelet is the graduated size of its oval links, its good weight and the interplay of gracefully aged silver with the warmth of copper. The fact that the links are actually riveted together in the back thus guaranteeing smooth, unimpeded movement is another indication of the bracelet’s high craftsmanship… PS: As you can see in one of the photos, the matching earrings are also available; if you don’t see them on the site yet, please...