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Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver modernist Bracelet with obsidian

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One of my favorite – and at the same time classic – Enrique Ledesma designs the bracelet at hand combines sterling silver and golden sheen obsidian in the maestro’s characteristic, perfectly seamless way. Ledesma experimented with various stones creating the specific bracelet but I think this year is meant to be an “obsidian year” for me and I will say that I love this version. Difficult to carve since it is a volcanic form of glass, obsidian has to be worked by skilled, masterful lapidaries to prevent it from chipping and breaking when it’s being worked on but the shimmering silvery gold depths it reveals when the light hits it are worth the trouble and the extra effort…   Size / Weight: 7 1/8″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 36.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Ledesma’s signature as shown as well as...

Pineda style modernist Mexican silver and citrine Pendant Necklace with black velvet cord

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Stunning Taxco modernist sterling silver pendant necklace this set seems to borrow stylistically from both Antonio Pineda (in its use of the black velvet cord) and the Los Ballesteros workshops (in featuring that huge gemstone). The signature it bears, however, attributes it to a listed yet still unidentified Mexican maestro whose work I have had before but about whom we don’t really know that much. The pendant’s good weight, sweeping, free-flowing curves and the crown-set citrine (according to my gem-tester) are only enhanced by the company of the supple black velvet cord with its sterling spherical tips. Slick, mod, elegant and a pleasure to wear and to behold…   Size/Weight: pendant is 3 3/4″ long by 1 1/4″ wide; velvet cord is just shy of 31″ end to end; 47.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “ERE” as well as...

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...

Miguel Martinez for Rancho Alegre Mexican silver modernist Pendant Necklace

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“Happy” Miguel Martinez modernist silver pendant necklace that the maestro created for Rancho Alegre, this is a piece generous in proportions and reveals – at least to me! – another facet of its creator’s rich personality. I have written before that Martinez is one of those Taxco modernists that collectors should zoom into. His talent is unbelievable not only in creating perfectly finished jewelry but also in working with gems and developing for them the most amazing settings. In the pendant necklace at hand, he tries his hand in a style that is closer to Ledesma’s vernacular yet the creature’s smiling face is so different. Please note that the pendant can be taken off the chain so you can easily combine the latter with another of your treasures…   Size/Weight: 22″ long (for the chain); pendant is 2 5/8″ tall by 2...

unusual Antonio Pineda Mexican silver arrow Earrings

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A very unusual pair of earrings by Antonio Pineda, one could categorize under “novelty jewelry” easily! Very tongue-in-cheek, they are shaped as arrows but the twist in the design is that there is a break in the middle of each arrow so that when you have them on, it looks as if the arrow has pierced the earlobes and is firmly …entrenched in place. I have never seen this specific design before and I am sure it will generate a lot of discussions…   Size/Weight: 1  1/2″ long by 3/8″ wide; 4.6 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: both earrings are clearly marked with Antonio’s crown logo; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage, in a fun and quite rare to find design, with great patina and no damage or repairs noted     SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...