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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...

Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver and azurite Necklace ~ Taxco modernist design

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Gorgeous Enrique Ledesma Taxco modernist necklace seamlessly marrying sterling silver with azurite in the maestro’s signature style. The stone is rich in green hues and the necklace looks perfect accompanied by its matching bracelet with which it is pictured in the first photo (also available on this site). Quite often Ledesma’s necklaces are relatively short but the example at hand has a custom-made extender that adds valuable length to it making it comfortable for most of us. The extension is made of sterling silver, very easy to clasp and unclasp, and does not interfere at all with the necklace’s design since it sits on the back of the neck…   Size/Weight: 17  1/4″ long (wearable, with the extension; original wearable length is 15  1/2″); width between 5/8″ and 3/8″; 53.3 grams that goes up to 59.5 grams with the extension...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver and obsidian multi-strand pearl Necklace

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In my world there is nothing more classy than a multi-strand pearl necklace and when it’s made by Sigi Pineda and the “pearls” are silver with a matte finish, I feel like I am in heaven. The epitome of versatility, the four-strand treasure at hand can be worn as shown or, alternatively, you can use its clasp as a brooch and also as a pendant with your favorite vintage chain. The stone that adorns it is a polished obsidian with warm golden depths. And I promise you, this is a very comfortable necklace – it wears like silk, keeps its position around the neck divinely – and it is also very easy to clasp… re”] Size/Weight: approx. 16  1/2″ long (wearable; this is the length of the shortest strand clasped into position); the circumference of the longest strand (again clasped into position and measuring the brooch as well) is approx 24″;...

Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver and shell Necklace ~ Taxco modernist design

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Modernist Enrique Ledesma necklace combining sterling silver and tortoise shell, this is one of my favorite designs of his and not an example that one encounters frequently. I love its primordial appeal and the way the dark browns in the shell are lightened by the warm ambers. Definitely a keeper… Ledesm Size/Weight: 16  5/8″ long (wearable); pectoral is 3  5/8″ wide by 1  1/2″ tall (at center front); 39.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s Condition: very good with great patina and a stunning design; there is a very short, tight line in the shell caused by one of the rivets when the necklace was made – it is noticeable on the back only (hardly registers upon very close inspection with a loupe in the front), very stable and does not compromise the necklace’s integrity nor its appearance at...

Rivera for Emma Mexican silver and alexandrite Necklace ~ a Taxco beauty

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  Divine Francisco Rivera for Emma Melendez sterling silver necklace adorned with simulated alexandrite (color-change corundum) in a modernist floral sprig design that I have never seen before. This is an exceptionally well-made piece – the silver is thick, deeply chased and glows with the warmth of well aged sterling; the stones are stunning, changing their color from a deep amethyst to steely purple when the light hits them, and the craftsmanship is unsurpassable. Rivera at one of his ingenious moments…   Size/Weight: 16  3/4″ long (wearable); floral spray link is 2  1/4″ wide by 2  1/8″ tall; width at the chain is 7/16″; 93.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials “FR” as shown as well as “EMMA”, “STERLING TAXCO” and a partially stamped Eagle 3 assay mark; also des. no 717; 1950s-60s...