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Spratling design Jondell Mexican silver Necklace ~ double bamboo

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Based on a William Spratling original design, this “bamboo” necklace was made in Mexico for Jondell Enterprises Inc, a company founded in New York in 1978. Well-crafted and having good weight to it, its links are held together with sterling wire that makes the necklace very comfortable to wear and quite flexible so that it sits beautifully around the neck. One of the renowned Taxco maestro’s modernist creations, the “bamboo” necklace does not come up very often which makes Jondell’s contemporary version a worthwhile alternative…   Size/Weight: just shy of 16 3/4″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 117.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: “Jondell Ent Inc” as well as “MEXICO .925”; post-1978 Condition: excellent vintage with a soft, glowing patina, nice weight with careful finishing and no damage or repairs noted  ...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver Lascaux hunters Necklace

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Antonio Pineda’s “velvet cord” necklace line always impressed me – the marrying of steely, glistening silver with the plush suppleness of velvet, the absolute domination of silver and black, the elegance of its minimalism is one of the renowned maestro’s most successful endeavors. The Lascaux hunters adorning this massive, axe-shaped pendant necklace are outlined in shadow-box and jump out of their fine background, tense and on edge as their ancient adventure unfolds. And the hand-hammered, spear-shaped silver tips of the velvet cord are the perfect finishing touch to an already superb creation…   Size/Weight: 27″ long (from arrow-head end to arrow-head end); pendant is 5″ wide and adds a 2 1/2″ drop to the cord; 98.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked with Antonio’s crown signature, des. no YY 581, Eagle 17, 970 SILVER...

Maricela Isidro Pina Mexican 950 silver story telling Bracelet

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Early Taxco Deco “story-telling” bracelet bearing Isidro Pina’s “Maricela” signature this is a classic example of the genre which seems to have been very popular with visitors to Mexico in the 1930s and ’40s. Mexican “story-telling” jewelry is usually comprised of figural panels, most often than not wrought in overlay, each one featuring an iconic plant or animal as well as stereotypical representations of local every day life. Made by both anonymous and well known designers like Victoria, Damaso Gallegos and, as in our case, Isidro Pina, “story-telling” jewelry can be found in a variety of materials and qualities. Made out of high purity, .950 silver alloy, this Maricela example has all the bells and whistles that make Pina’s creations sought after by collectors. Thick silver sheet forms each panel, the figural overlays...

Mexican Deco Matl style jeweled silver “palomas” Hand Mirror

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Early Mexican Deco silver repousse “palomas” hand mirror wrought in the Mexico City style associated with Matilde Poulat and her workshop. I love the patina this little treasure has acquired over its long life – it is so dark and intense, it makes the mirror look like it has escaped from an ancient fairy tale to adorn our modern reality. Nice detail in the repoussage of the two birds, sweet little turquoise cabs and pyramid-cut amethysts stand out against the darkened silver. Whether in your handbag or on your vanity, this is a miniature work of art…   Size/Weight: just shy of 4 3/4″ tall by 2 3/8″ wide; 39.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker not marked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed to be sterling silver; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with very dark patina (a good jeweler could always polish it for you), with its...

Mexican Deco silver and amethyst beaded hinged Bracelet

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An iconic Mexican Deco bracelet design, usually not signed for maker like here, beaded and jeweled pieces as the fantastic example at hand are becoming quite difficult to find any more. Four rows of silver semi-spheres form the bracelet’s two wings with two rows of amethyst cabs overlaid in the front on either side of the hidden clasp, which is accented by three big stones. A lot of work went into the crafting of these pieces and even though the maestro who created the bracelet at hand remains anonymous to us, his mastery over his art will always be evident…   Size/Weight: 6  3/4″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1  5/8″ at center front and 1″; 52.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with deep patina especially in the front and on the inner surfaces (you can easily...