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Mexican Deco silver carved amethyst hand and tulip Pin Brooch

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Possibly the most “classic” in the Mexican Deco jewelry design index, the “hand and tulip” is steeped in the Spanish Colonial tradition and in its 20th c. revival closely associated with William Spratling. Beloved in the Victorian era, the specific design seems to enjoy timeless appeal on both sides of the Atlantic and in its Mexican version instead of a rose, the hand proffers a carved amethyst tulip. Executed en repoussage and anonymous in our case, it ends in an ornate “lace” cuff that seems to be emerging from a sea of satin ribbon…   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ long by 1 3/8″ wide (at the ribbon part); 20.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with a big, rich purple carved amethyst, very nicely executed repoussage, with no damage in the stone nor the silver...

Miguel Melendez Mexican silver Necklace ~ Taxco modernist alexandrites cluster

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Classically elegant with its free-flowing, minimalist mod lines this necklace showcases the expertise that Miguel Melendez acquired during the long years he spent working for Spratling, the Los Castillo family and Margot de Taxco, whose taller he ended up managing. Made of sterling silver adorned with faceted simulated alexandrites (in fact, color-change corundum) the necklace is a veritable eye-catcher. The stones are big, open-backed and hand-prong set. They mimic natural alexandrites in that they change color under different light conditions – traveling from an almost burgundy amethyst to steely purple. Fantastic design and impeccable execution…   Size/Weight: very comfortable 15″ long (wearable; could even be 15 1/4″ or 15 1/2″ due to the dip just above the triple dangle); dangle station itself is 1 1/2″ wide and adds a 2 3/8″ drop to...

Francisco Rivera Mexican long silver dangle Earrings

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Vintage Mexican silver long earrings bearing the signature of accomplished Taxco maestro Francisco Rivera, this set is inspired by ancient motifs as is much of Rivera’s “archeological period” jewelry. We don’t really know much about maestro Rivera yet his work is of the highest quality and his designs are quite often truly inspired and original. Here he employs motifs that were also used by Spratling to create a magical pair of earrings, cleverly articulated, with seamless overlay, dramatic oxidation and a playful little spherical dangle to add airiness to the design…   Size/Weight: 2  3/8″ long by just shy of 1  1/2″ wide; 25.2 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING TAXO”, Eagle 3 assay mark and des. no 143; 1950s Condition: excellent vintage,...

Rancho Alegre Mexican silver dangle Earrings ~ Taxco starflowers with aqua topaz

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Difficult to find Rancho Alegre silver and aqua-colored topaz dangle earrings, this is the matching pair for the bracelet in the same design that is also available on my site. Layered construction, strategically placed oxidation, thick silver and brilliantly diaphanous gems combine in a dazzling set whose quality is guaranteed by Pedro Perez, one of Spratling’s shop managers and founder of Rancho Alegre…   Size/Weight: 1 3/4″ long by 1″ wide; 22.4 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: taller’s name as shown as well as “STERLING MEXICO” and des. no 1027; 1950s Condition: excellent vintage with icy blue, gorgeous gems, great patina, perfect workmanship and no damage or repairs noted   SOLD – Thank you!   Contact us about this...

Spratling design Mexican Deco silver hands and tulips Bracelet

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A beautifully executed anonymous Taxco take on Spratling’s classic “hands and tulips” design, this is one of my favorite versions because of its elegant proportions and the added turquoise accents that enrich the color of the amethyst. The stones are here set en cabochon instead of carved in the form of tulips and the carefully rendered hands hide the clasp. The patina is wonderful and the bracelet’s oval shape makes it a pleasure to wear…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1 1/2″ wide at center front; 61.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply signed “SILVER MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with gorgeous stones, nice colors and the patina you want to see on a lovingly kept bracelet of this age Inv. #14019     SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...