This extraordinary necklace was made by Mexican architect turned jeweler, Eduardo Herrera. It is made of oxidized 950 silver (higher quality than sterling) and tumbaga. Tumbaga is a pre-Colombian technique used in Mesoamerica and South America to create an alloy of gold with copper.
The combination of tumbaga with the blackened silver could not be more striking. Herrera's architectural background is evident in the construction of this necklace with elaborately overlapping graduated size links.... Click for details
Wonderfully versatile long sterling silver chain made of hammered circles. They vary in diameter from1 1/8" to 1/2". Total length of the necklace is 40" so it can be worn singly or doubled. In addition, the hook shaped clasp allows it to be attached to any of the circles allowing for adjustment to virtually any length. Probably made in the 1970's.
This graduated silver beads necklace is centered with a huge, fabulous ball of a roped silver design interspersed with oval onyx stones. The center ball measures 1 1/2" in diameter. The necklace is 20" wearable length. Beads can easily be removed from the ends if one wanted to shorten it. Strung on a silver chain. Both the interior chain and all of the balls are all handmade.
Graceful,three dimensional cufflinks made by the late silver master, Antonio Pineda. Oval moonstones are set in the recessed half of the rectangle. Measurements are 3/4" x 1" to the outer edge of the curved band. Made of 970 silver, higher quality than sterling standard. Made circa 1960.
Artist made silver ring of a convex circle that is oxidized inside the perimeter giving it the appearance of more dimensionality. The circle theme is repeated in stamped designs around the central circle and throughout the shank. The central design measures 7/8" in diameter. The ring is size 5 3/4. Artist signed but not a name with which I am familiar.
Stainless steel purse from the 1990's made by Wendy Stevens. In addition to being an unusual shape, the surface has an incised pattern of three dimensional cubes known as Tumbling Blocks in quilt-speak. The top measures 7 1/4" across and the bottom is 4". It is 4" tall and 2 1/4" deep. The chain is 24" so it can be worn as a shoulder bag or cross body. Signed inside with maker's name as shown in last thumbnail photo.
Silver and gold brooch by Maine jeweler, Elizabeth Prior. The combination of metals works well with the three textures, including the finely crimped edge that makes a nice frame. Dark areas are shadows in the photo - not discoloration. Measurements are 1 5/16" square. Made in the 1990's.
Bold and unusual sterling silver and wood bracelet by Violante Ulrich and her partner, Jason. Smooth links alternate with hammered ones. The wood rectangles also vary in placement. The bracelet measures 7 1/2" long and 1 9/16" wide. Violante learned silversmithing growing up on the Spratling ranch. The influence of Spratling's work is clear in her designs and choice of materials, giving them a contemporary twist.
Bold and unusual sterling silver ring rimmed with 14 karat gold. The also has a small gold barrel around a piece of onyx. The central dome shows the hand hammer marks as part of the design. The ring is artist signed, but not a logo with which I am familiar. It is size 9 1/2, perfectly suitable in style for a man or woman. It is about 25 years old; American made.
Child's concho belt with holes allowing it to be worn between 30 and 33 inches. There are 15 oval silver conchos plus the buckle with a variety of motifs. This is most likely a trading post piece rather than ceremonial; made circa 1950; excellent condition. The conchos are 13/16" wide.
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, stellarubin.com