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Los Ballesteros Mexican silver sunburst Pendant Necklace with sapphire

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When it comes to impressive pendant necklaces with a distinct “ethnic” twist, the Los Ballesteros signature is what one has to look for within the field of vintage Mexican silver. Their designs are amazing not just for their proportions but also for their quality of materials and impeccable craftsmanship. This sunburst example with color-change sapphire (synthetic corundum) hanging off the hand-made sterling chain of the same vintage I have had several times in the past but I never tire of it. There are always small variations, in size, in the choice of gemstone, in the decision on whether to adorn the bail or not. Yet the result is always fabulous – and therein lies the workshop’s caliber…   Size / Weight: pendant is 2 7/8″ in diameter (without the bail); with the bail it adds a 3 3/4″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 28″ long;...

William Spratling Mexican Deco silver Earrings ~ lace moon design

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This pair of first period William Spratling Mexican silver earrings was reportedly referred to by him as “lace moon” and it is one of the sweetest sets he created, in my opinion. The repousse semi-sphere centering them glows with the warm patina of time as it sits nestled in the looping wirework. Nothing fussy, nothing excessive yet such a classy pair…   Size / Weight: 1  1/16″ by 3/4″ Hallmarks / Date: marked as shown with a combination of hallmarks dating the set in the 1940-44 period Condition: very good vintage with fantastic patina, no damage or repairs noted except for a light impression in one of the “moon” semi-spheres; not offensive as it escapes detection most of the times! Inv.#15199   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Salvador Teran Mexican silver abstract bird Earrings

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Probably my favorite among the Taxco modernists, Salvador Teran has that magic touch which allows him to draw a perfectly “readable” picture with the least amount of strokes. His work is inspired and his ability to deal with different materials and always create wearable pieces of art is simply unbelievable. In this set of abstract earrings my eyes see the figures of two birds. They are so abstract, as if made of air and movement, but I look at them and I can almost hear them fluttering above my head…   Size / Weight: 1 1/2″ by 7/8″; 11.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature in script as shown as well as Eagle 36 on the other earring (not shown here but guaranteed to be there); 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, the amazing design and highest quality of craftsmanship Salvador jewelry is known for,...

Mexican silver koi fish by pass Ring ~ Margot de Taxco dsgn

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Based on one of Margot de Taxco’s Japanese-inspired designs (and a very difficult ring to find with her signature!), this Mexican silver by pass ring is signed by one of her contemporaries, a listed maestro who remains among the still unidentified contributors to Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. I wrote some time ago that by pass rings seem to me to be the equivalent of the “toi et moi” rings that became popular at the beginning of the 19th c. in Europe. The design here combines in an unexpected way romanticism and a sense of humor with the cartoon-like, heart-faced koi fish frolicking in the water in a silvery courtship dance…   Size / Weight: sz 9.5 US (resizable upwards); face is 1 5/8″ N-S and 7/8″ E-W; 7.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “EMF” as well as “SILVER TAXCO MEX 925” and Eagle 3...

Dominguez Mexican Deco 980 silver “joker” mask Pin Brooch

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Wrought in high purity, 980 silver which is quite often the case the older a piece of Mexican silver jewelry is, this repousse brooch with carved sodalite “mask” is an unusual, very interesting example. Though distinctly native in its characteristics, the “mask” is wearing a peculiar headdress very reminiscent of the “Joker” figure in European play-cards. Yet upon closer inspection, it is in fact a swan with open wings that wraps itself around the “face”, the bird’s long, slender neck following the contour of the stone carving so that its head can rest against the “mask’s” cheek. An intriguing melding of native and colonial in one of the most cryptic examples of Mexican Deco jewelry I have seen…   Size / Weight: 2  3/8″ tall by 1  7/8″ wide; 20.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s...