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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Bracelet ~ Fred Davis style

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Based on a Fred Davis creation – if my memory doesn’t play tricks, that is – this Mexican silver bracelet combines repoussage, beading and oxidation to create links in a classic Deco design that conjures images of exotic birds as they unfurl richly colored, luxurious trains. I will suggest that it was made in Mexico City by a maker that though listed, remains in the shadows of the country’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance at least until more research sheds on him (or her?) the light of recognition. Beautifully made, elegant in a way only Mexican Deco can be, with bubbles of interestingly variegated purple in the amethyst cabs, this is an easy to wear bracelet that can hold its own in any situation…   Size / Weight: 7 1/4″ long (wearable; laid out flat it measures 7 1/2″) by 1″ wide; 46.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials...

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...

modernist Taxco Mexican silver foliate Bracelet with aqua glass gem

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Highly stylized foliate links cut out of thick gauge silver sheet and deeply hand-chased comprise this modernist Taxco sterling bracelet. The central station houses a faceted glass gem, its crystal clear, icy blue color eye-catching and evocative of wintry landscapes. This is a piece signed by one of those early Mexican maestros about whom we don’t know much more than where they worked and when they were active. The jewelry they created is their legacy, however, and judging by the craftsmanship, attention to detail and careful finishing this piece exhibits, its maker’s legacy is an impressive one…   Size/Weight: 6  3/4″ long by just shy of 1″ wide; 48.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “FDH” (I think?) as well as “TAXCO MEXICO 925” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with a slick, easy...

modernist Mexican silver and jasper “crouching man” hinged Bracelet – Teran design

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A very rare design to find in the form of a bracelet the “crouching man” was originally designed by Taxco’s foremost modernist, Salvador Teran, and in my opinion, it is one of the most successful re-interpetations of an ancient motif within the design vernacular of the 1950s-60s. The fact that it’s so difficult to find with Teran’s signature drives prices high up and makes examples by different makers sought after as well. The hinged bracelet I am presenting here is made by a Taxco maestro whose work I appreciate for its quality. I have had copies of Teran’s work by this silversmith in the past and I have to say that they come very close to the originals. So much so that quite often they are attributed to Teran himself, which is, of course, a mistake. Holding a polished green jasper close to his heart, our man seems quite intent at not letting go,...

massive Los Ballesteros Mexican silver smokey topaz hinged Bangle Bracelet

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There is big and then there is massive – and the Los Ballesteros hinged bangle bracelet designs usually fall under the second category! Over the last few years I have become enamored of their creations in this form. The more I see, the more I want to discover. It is not just the bracelets’ proportions and the amazing use of hard-stones and faceted gems in their ornamentation; it is the perfection in their crafting, the way the materials embrace each other and the uniqueness of their designs that, in my opinion at least, elevates the Los Ballesteros workshop to heights unsurpassed by their contemporaries in this specific genre. I could hardly exaggerate the boldness of the huge gem in its elevated crown setting that takes center stage in the example at hand (it registers as topaz on my gem tester, I am assuming synthetic). The dimpled dots making up the bracelet’s...