Monday, February 23, 2015

Show and Tell

I just want to share this amazing antique Victorian pin. It's from a private collection. It is hand carved of ivory and can never be sold. Note the lace sleeve, and great detail with the hand that is wearing bracelets and a ring. The flower and foliage is amazing!



Please check out my etsy shop for antique Victorian jewelry that is for sale. (no ivory though)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fresh Finds Released Today

One Kings Lane opened a nice even today and here are my inclusions.




This is an ethnic prayer necklace. You write your prayer on a piece of paper and tuck it inside.



Here is a rare to find matched pair of sterling silver hinged bangle bracelets. High quality and beautiful.


And these...early Navajo fluted button earrings made the same way that the buttons that the Navajo women wore on their velvet blouses. 



And these items, great finds, have just been added to my Etsy shop:




If this fit me, I'd keep it. It's a size 7. Love this ring!



These Modernistic earrings are marked Harrison's. Super well made. 


More to come later....








Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One Kings Lane and Etsy

I just listed some fresh finds on One Kings Lane and Etsy.

Here they are:

One Kings Lane:

This Modernistic figural brooch is awesome!

This three-dimensional bracelet was made in Taxco, Mexico. I have never seen another like it.


And in my Etsy shop:

This is a fine specimen of Bisbee Mine turquoise in a 1960s-1970s pendent


Navajo natural red coral bracelet in sterling silver. 



These repouss√© metalwork earrings with an Art Nouveau figural design are beautiful.


Please come take a look. 
More great finds will be released on One Kings Lane in the morning. Here are just a few...never listed before in any of my stores. 

No links for these as they are not yet live. Event starts at 8:00 AM PST. 







Sunday, February 8, 2015

Silver From Mexico

In addition to my passion for Navajo Indian Jewelry, I love Mexican silver. Some of my favorite pieces of vintage jewelry came from Taxco, Mexico.

Since I live very close to the Mexican border, I have the opportunity to purchase many pieces and you know that I cannot resist.

My favorite piece is this sterling silver and amethyst bracelet made in Taxco by Antonio Pineda.

This bracelet was made by Pedro Castillo. It's lovely on.

This vintage bracelet was made by Bernice Goodspeed and is set with turquoise. 

It's nice to collect silver from the famous masters of silversmithing, but I love the artful pieces that I find that were made by unknown smiths as well. 

Carved masks or masquettes have been popular for decades. They are carved of various stones with onyx being very popular. This is a very early sterling silver panel bracelet with Mexican jade masks. 



Very dramatic sterling silver ring set with genuine grape amethyst. Nice early example. 



Here is another mask bracelet set with sheen obsidian masks. Nice sterling silver piece with a 
Modernistic design. 





This was inspired by a famous design by William Spratling. The amethyst is hand carved and the design is a friendship theme. This bracelet is heavy and well made. 


Love-birds are a very popular theme with Mexican silver artists. I have a hard time finding pieces for they are very coveted. This little bracelet is sterling silver and quite sweet. 


If you love vintage Mexican and Taxco sterling silver jewelry. please check my stores often. I usually list fresh finds every day. 

Like this bracelet listed today.