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rare Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver amethyst cluster Necklace

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A variation of Antonio’s amethyst cluster necklaces that doesn’t come up often, this modernist dream is wrought in Pineda’s signature fine, .970 alloy and adorned with richly colored stones. The renowned Taxco designer plays with a-symmetry here as the necklace’s focal point, the stylized amethyst floral cascade, reaches out from the back of the neck and unfolds itself on its right side instead of occupying the center front. Each link rests its outer perimeter on the body but rises slightly above on the inner side, closer to the neck thus creating an airy, floating feeling. This is a substantial piece yet its construction and unique articulation allows it to look airy and light. And just look at that hinge, tastefully hidden behind a silver leaf…   Size/Weight: 15″ long (wearable) by 1 1/8″ wide; 105.0 grams (on a postal scale) Hallmarks /...

classy Antonio Pineda 970 silver Necklace black onyx crescents and shells

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Sublime is not an exaggerated description for the Antonio Pineda crescents and shells necklace presented here. The maestro’s design flexibility, his ability to create magnificent jewelry in more than one styles is phenomenal and even though he is primarily known as a modernist, in our case he imaginatively navigates the waters of a more classic index. Perfect crescents of black onyx set in silver are linked together with sculptural shell connectors and hug the neck in an elegant festoon of stone and precious metal. Pineda has used the black onyx crescent motif in a few designs yet this one is, in my opinion, his best version. This is the second necklace of this design I have been lucky to come upon this year and I am sure this will not stay with me too long either…   Size/Weight: approx. 15  3/4″ long (wearable; difficult to measure with accuracy due to the...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver modernist Necklace ~ spheres on velvet cord

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Late 1950s – early 1960s Antonio Pineda modernist necklace wrought in his favorite, high purity .970 alloy, this is one of the pieces in which plush black velvet cord was used instead of a regular silver chain. Here a series of tactile, heavy spheres form the necklace’s central part, the velvet showing through the cut-outs in their round bodies while the cord’s two ends are also hidden in smaller silver balls. A truly sublime necklace, it wears like silk around the neck notwithstanding its generous weight and it is relatively adjustable depending on how you tie the knot on the back…   Size/Weight: 25″ end to end; spheres part is 6  3/4″ long by 5/8″ wide; 98.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: Antonio’s crown as shown as well as “LOS CASTILLO SOC COOP SCL”, “970” and Eagle 3 assay mark; late 1950s – early 1960s...

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...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver Pendant Necklace with velvet cord ~ the Hunters

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Stunningly beautiful and quite bold in its proportions this Antonio Pineda .970 silver and velvet pendant necklace is inspired by cave drawings of pre-historic hunters like the ones in Lascaux. The massive axe-shaped pendant wrought employing the “shadow box” technique showcases slender black figures during the tense hours of a long ago completed hunt. The luscious velvet cord that complements it has hand-hammered arrow head tips at either end. Superb…   Size/Weight: 27″ long (from arrow-head end to arrow-head end); pendant is 5″ wide and adds a 2 1/2″ drop to the cord; 105.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Antonio’s crown signature, des. no YY 581, Eagle 17, 970 SILVER and HECHO EN MEXICO; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage with no damage or repairs noted, stunning presence, the velvet cord as good as new and nice patina;...