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Mexican silver and obsidian modernist Necklace ~ Antonio Pineda “comma” design

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Antonio Pineda’s “comma” parure is one of the book-pieces for Taxco modernism. Concave repousse “comma” links, each one accented by a stone cabochon, beguilingly wrap around the neck and hug the wrist. The design’s appeal is evidenced by the fact that many of Antonio’s contemporaries took advantage of its success and came up with their own versions. Signed by a listed yet still unidentified Taxco maestro, this example is adorned with golden sheen obsidian cabochons. Very well made and carefully finished, it is nonetheless not as weighty as a Pineda original would be yet it comes at a much purchaser-friendlier price. Last but not least, the necklace comes with one of the matching earrings which can be used to add length to it, should you require it (see below for more details)…   PS: The matching bracelet is also available and will be...

Antonio Pineda Mexican silver obsidian and pearls Bracelet ~ rare Taxco modernist design

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Rarely seen, superbly crafted bracelet by Taxco’s foremost modernist maestro, this Antonio Pineda treasure is wrought in silver and adorned with obsidian bars and pearls. The design can be seen in Stromberg’s catalogue for Pineda’s exhibition at UCLA’s Fowler Museum but in necklace form and it is a pleasure to wear! Caged in bullet-shaped links the obsidian bars peer through the cut-outs, their dark power contrasting with the delicate whiteness of the pearls. Ingeniously articulated, it feels like one’s own skin when worn and is a must-have for both Taxco jewelry collectors and modernism lovers as well…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable; perfect for smaller to medium wrists); 1/2″ wide (diameter of pearl disks); 51.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Antonio’s crown as shown, “JVL Taxco” as well as...

Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver Necklace with golden sheen obsidian ~ a Taxco modernist classic

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Beautifully made Enrique Ledesma modernist necklace in one of his signature designs that seamlessly combines sterling silver with golden sheen obsidian. Ledesma was one of Taxco’s most accomplished lapidaries and his skill and pursuit of perfection is evident here. Classic, classy and having an inner glow that transforms it every time the light changes; fantastic…   Size/Weight: 17″ long (wearable); 5/8″ at its widest; 53.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “PLATERIA CORTES”, “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “TAXCO 925” alongisde des. no 221 and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with some of the most impressive golden sheen obsidian I have seen, fantastic patina and no damage or repairs noted     SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver and obsidian Necklace ~ rare and fabulous Taxco modernism

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Magnificent Sigi Pineda necklace, this is a very rare to come upon design boasting a big modernist pendant with two flat-cut sheen obsidian cabs hanging off the most slick, most minimalist neck ring. Definitely Sigi in one of his most inspired moments so I am thrilled to be offering it here. The stones are perfect, revealing their golden depths as the light hits them, and the set has acquired a wonderful glow over the years. A stunning example of Taxco modernism and Sigi’s design genius…   Size/Weight: pendant just above 4” long by a tad shy of 2  3/4” wide; neck ring has an inner circumference of 14  1/2” (including the gap) but wears more like a 15” at least (slightly adjustable too, should one need to open it up more); 50.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: both pieces fully signed with Sigi’s name as shown with the neck ring also bearing Eagle 35 assay mark and des. no...

vintage Taxco MEXICAN silver and obsidian BRACELET mod 40s Clamshell design

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Taxco clamshell jewelry – named such because of their applied shell-form medallions that usually hold a carved or polished stone – are a quintessentially mod genre in the world of vintage Mexican silver jewelry. I love them for their heft, their slick minimalism and the splash of unexpected color that usually emanates from their stones. Yet here it’s dark obsidian that anchors this piece. A volcanic type of glass, obsidian is very hard to carve and when the light hits it at the right angle it reveals shimmering golden brown depths. Sterling and glistening black stone – a classic combination that defies the passage of time…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1″ and 1/2″; clamshell applique at center front is 1  5/8″ square; 87.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as...