Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Jewelry, EstateStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Jewelry, Estate

Jewelry: Estate (240)

Antonio Pineda Circles Bracelet
Antonio Pineda, one of the most respected of Taxco's mid 20th century jewelry designers was well known for the architectural quality of many of his designs. The intertwined Circles bracelet epitomizes that quality of his work. Silver balls are mounted within hinged circles. The bracelet is 1 1/8 " tall and 3/16" thick. It weighs a hefty 131 grams. It has a push clasp and safety chain. When closed, the bracelet is 2 3/4" in diameter suitable for a medium/ large wrist. The safety chain makes it... Click for details
Antonio Pineda Sterling Silver and Amethyst Bracelet
This hefty silver and amethyst bracelet by Antonio Pineda is an extremely rare design. Ten sterling links measuring 1 3/16" each in width separate amethyst tubes. The bracelet has an invisible push clasp and original safety chain. It has an inside circumference of 7 1/4 inches fitting a medium wrist. The bracelet weighs a substantial 127 grams.
William Spratling Sterling Silver Industrial Design Bracelet
This is a 1990's rendition of a Spratling bracelet originally made between 1964 and 1967. The Spratling Ranch continued some of his designs after Spratling's death in 1967. This heavy silver bracelet is made of tightly connected curved links. Each one sits over a silver tube that allows them to move easily. The bracelet has a very industrial look. It weighs a sturdy 66 grams. The bracelet is 7 1/2 inches long and half an inch wide. It has double safety clasps. Condition is excellent.
Art Smith Sterling Silver Brooch: Circa  1950
Art Smith (1917 - 1982) was one of the most prominent of the Greenwich Village jewelers of the mid 20th century. His work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was the subject of an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum that later traveled to major institutions throughout the country. Smith often worked in copper or brass but this brooch has the advantage of being made in sterling silver. It has the open, airy abstract quality seen in much of his work. The brooch... Click for details
Hector Aguilar Silver Armadillo Necklace
Unusually long, sterling silver Armadillo necklace by Hector Aguilar. It measures 26 inches in length. The largest link is 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 5/8 inches. It is square with rounded corners and holds the clasp. The other links are oval and measure 1 1/4 inches by one inch. Rivets hold the links together and move easily masking the necklace comfortable to wear. It weighs 134 grams. Hallmark dates from 1943 - 1948; condition is excellent.
Gucci Sterling Silver and Enamel Buckle Bracelet
Classic Gucci enamel buckle bracelet on sterling silver done in the perfect colors of red and blue. The bracelet has 3 holes so it can be adjusted to an oval inside diameter of 2 5/16"; 2 9/16" or 2 7/8". It would fit a man or woman. Condition is excellent. The bracelet is 9/16" tall. Probably made in the 1970's.
William Spratling Sterling Silver Belt Buckle
Sterling silver belt buckle by William Spratling that would suit a man or woman. The buckle measures 2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches tall. The opening would hold a belt that is 9/16 inches wide. The buckle is in excellent condition. Hallmark dates to the 1940's.
Emilia Castillo Silver and Gold Large Cuff Bracelet
This wide sterling silver and 24 karat gold cuff bracelet has tremendous impact. The body of the bracelet is sterling silver with a patchwork of squares of 24 karat gold. The bracelet is 2 inches wide. It measures 2 1/2 inches in diameter which can be adjusted to a slightly larger or smaller size. This bracelet makes a bold statement for a man or woman. It weighs a hefty 138 grams.
Fred Davis Sterling Box with Onyx Face: Circa 1940
Handmade sterling silver box with a carved onyx face that is emblematic of the work of Fred Davis. Davis was the first person to promote Mexican folk art and jewelry, beginning work in Mexico City in the 1920's. This beautifully crafted box was probably made for cigarettes but would serve equally well for business cards or other small items. Hand hammer marks are intentionally visible on the inside with a smooth finish on the outside. The box measures 3 1 1/6" wide; 4 1/16" long and 5/16"... Click for details
Hector Aguilar Sterling Silver Links Necklace
Unusual pear shaped sterling silver necklace by Hector Aguilar. The hallmark dates it to the time between 1948 and 1962. Each link is 1 1/4 inches long and 3/4 inch at its widest. Rivets are both decorative and functional as they allow the links to swivel making it very comfortable to wear. The necklace is 17 1/2 inches long with an invisible clasp that is perfectly integrated into the design of the necklace. Hector Aguilar is well known as one of the important mid 20th century designers of... Click for details
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Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.

During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show: The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show.

Stella is glad to work with you whether you're selecting an individual piece or forming a collection. She represents a wide range of quilts, from the finest to the funkiest. We welcome you to her gallery in Maryland as well as to this website,

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