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1960s long Mexican silver caged tumbled agates Necklace

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Long Mexican necklaces made up of tumbled hard- and semi-precious stones caged in sterling silver are among my favorite forms and there is at least one in my jewelry box at all times. They are usually colorful, bringing together an array of agates and jaspers, sodalite, amethyst, lapis and onyx – you name the stone, you will probably find it in there. Yet this monochromatic example (please, allow me the use of the word here!), its string of agates barely tinted with the lightest hues of blue and maybe even a hint of green, is more difficult to find. It’s not the rhapsody of color that makes heads turn in this case – it is the texture of each stone and the way they are snugly kept in their mellowed vermeil cages that attracts and pleases the eye…   Size / Weight: 32  1/2″ long; stones are approx. 3/4″ wide; 90.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: badly...

modernist Taxco Mexican silver Necklace ~ Antonio Pineda design

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Copying an original mid-century design by Antonio Pineda, this heavy yet so flexible necklace was made in Taxco in the 1980s and its quality and attention to detail make it a great alternative to the maestro’s pricey originals. Graduated in size concave links with pointed ends on one side are connected to each other in a way that allows the necklace to lie perfectly around the neck and feel as if it’s part of your body. A great addition to any discerning well-dresser’s jewelry box…   Size / Weight: 16″ long (wearable); width between 1 1/4″ at center front and 5/8″ at its narrowest, near the clasp; 139.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MEXICO 925” and maker’s registration code as shown; 1980s Condition: excellent vintage, luscious and rich, with good patina and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#14855   Offered at $350.00...

Victoria Ana Brilanti Mexican Deco silver Necklace ~ cactus flower

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One of my favorite designs by Victoria, to the world Ana Maria Nunez de Brilanti, the links of this Mexican Deco necklace are inspired by cactus flowers and hand-wrought in sterling silver sheet with good thickness. Victoria made this in at least two different widths and the example at hand is the narrower, easier to wear version no matter what the occasion or the … weather is. Deeply chased and oxidized lines form the stylized petals and each flower is centered by five tiny little beads. Please note the way the clasp is hidden in the design so when you have the necklace on, it looks like an uninterrupted chain of blooms around the neck…   Size / Weight: 16 5/8″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 46.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “MEXICO TAXCO STERLING” and des. no 68; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage featuring...

32″ Mexican silver and tumbled caged stones Necklace

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Long, classy and colorful this vintage Mexican necklace is comprised of gorgeous tumbled hard-stones that have been caged in sterling silver. There is so much color here and so many kinds of stones: jaspers, agates, onyx, azur-malachite, quartz, amethyst, sodalite… I am very partial to long necklaces like this, especially the ones made before 1980, and I love the specific design – it is uncomplicated and honest yet the beauty of its materials turns it in one of those pieces that make your day and everybody else’s who is lucky enough to see you wearing it…   Size/Weight: 32 1/4″ long; width varies from stone link to stone link but is an average 5/8″; 95.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials yet partially stamped as well as “TAXCO …”, “925” and Eagle 3 assay mark as shown; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage...

1950s Nestor Mexican silver modernist Necklace with huge blue spinel

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Fabulous 1950s Mexican silver modernist necklace featuring a huge blue spinel nestled in a raised crown setting that maximizes the effect of light on the brilliance of the faceted gem. Signed by Nestor, a listed Taxco maestro whose early work probably starts in the pre-1948 period but whose creativity continued into the 1950s at least, this is the second necklace by him that I consider myself lucky of offering this year. I cannot say much about the creator’s life and days – the frustrating lack of information about so many silversmiths and designers from that period applies to him too, unfortunately. What I can contribute, based on my experience, is that he seems to have tried his hand at several styles and techniques, including the combination of metales casados and mozaico. Yet I consider his modernist jewelry, always wrought in thick gauge sterling sheet and quite often...