Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: JewelryStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Jewelry

Jewelry (269)

Mexican Silver Belt; Bracelet; Pin and Earrings Set
Mexican silver with ebony suite consisting of a belt, bracelet, brooch and earrings. Each piece is signed "Plateros Taxco" with an eagle mark 3. Belt is 30" long with fittings for 29" and 28". Additional hooks could be added for smaller waists or the brooch could be joined to the belt for an additional 1 1/2". Bracelet is 7 3/4" long. An extremely versatile, attractive and unusual set. All pieces in excellent condition.
Sigi Sterling Silver Cufflinks
Two unusual pairs of sterling silver cuff links by Mexican designer, Sigi. Trapezoidal pair on left measure 1 1/16" at longest and 9/16" at widest. Right pair are of the biomorphic shape for which Sigi is especially well known. Measure 1" x 3/4". Oxidized silver with 3 silver balls. Both pairs are well hallmarked and in excellent condition; circa 1950.
Los Castillo Floral Brooch with Amethysts
Huge, voluptuous floral brooch by Los Castillo. Measures 5" x 2". Two amethysts are each 1 3/16" in diameter. Can be worn equally well horizontally, vertically or at an angle. 1939 - 1945 hallmark. Truly an eye catcher.
Los Castillo Sterling and Ebony Necklace & Bracelet Set
Unusual necklace and bracelet set by Los Castillo. Alternating wood discs of the necklace are covered with sterling. Necklace measures 16 1/2" wearable length; bracelet is 7 1/4". Tiny wood chip on bracelet is visible in thumbnail photo. Circa 1980.
Paul Lobel Silver Banjo Brooch
Sterling silver Banjo brooch by the late modernist jewelry designer, Paul Lobel. Measures 3 3/4" long and 1 1/16" at its widest.
William Spratling Silver & Obsidian Starfish
Stunning and rare Starfish brooch and pendant by William Spratling. It is not uncommon to find the starfish theme in his work in silver alone. The three layers, though, with obsidian sandwiched between the silver, is quite rare. Measures 2 3/4" wide and 3" long. Several minute chips along the edge of the stone can be seen only with close examination. Hallmark dates to 1964-7.
Hector Aguilar Silver Aztec Symbols Cuff Bracelet
Dramatic, large hinged bracelet by Hector Aguilar, representing Aztec symbols. Five panels; made of 990 silver (nearly pure silver). Circa 1950. Heavy weight; measures 1 1/4" at widest. Fits small/ medium wrist.
Astrid Gusterman Sterling Silver Bracelet
Simultaneously large and graceful sterling silver bracelet by the late designer, Astrid Gusterman. Astrid and her husband, Stig, migrated from Sweden in 1950 and began their silversmithing business anew in Denver. Since their deaths in 1978, the business has been taken over by their daughters. This bracelet is an original of Astrid's. Measures 7 1/2" long and 1 3/4" wide.
Hector Aguilar Sterling Silver Beads
Classic graduated string of silver beads done by Hector Aguilar. Made of 940 silver, higher quality than sterling. Wonderful generous length of 21". There are a few dents to the beads. Made in the 1940's.
Heart and Hands Brooch: Mexico; Circa 1950
Unusual Heart in Hands Brooch which can also be interpreted as a flaming heart. Amethyst flame or flower comes out of each hand. Measures 2" wide and 1 1/2" tall. Mexico; circa 1950.
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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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