Most unusual sterling silver and moonstone pendant by Antonio Pineda. This very rare form consists of a graceful pendant with two oval moonstones strung on a velvet cord terminating with two silver balls. The pendant measures 3 3/16" wide x 2 1/2" tall. The velvet cord is 27" long and can be tied at any length.
This most unusual necklace can be worn as something either sporty or elegant.
Antonio Pineda was one of the leaders of Mexican silver design in the mid 20th century. Books have been... Click for details
Nicely three dimensional sterling silver brooch centered with a cabochon nephrite jade. Made by the late silver master, Antonio Pineda circa 1960. The brooch is intentionally oxidized to give a darkened finish with the edges the original silver color. The brooch measures 1 3/4" in diameter and weighs a substantial 45 grams. Condition is excellent.
Pineda's work is in several museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Very stylish necklace by Tane consisting of a heavy sterling silver loop on a rubber neck piece. Both the clasp and the knot have Tane's mark as well as the initials S.G., likely the specific designer.
The neck piece measures 16 inches to the top of the silver loop. The loop measures 2 1/4 inches in length and 1 3/4 inches at the widest. The barrel shaped clasp has an additional magnetic closure as well as a safety loop. You won't lose it! The necklace weighs 142 grams. It is sold in the Tane... Click for details
Gold and pearl choker necklace by Betty Cooke. Ninety six year old Betty Cooke is considered one of the icons of the Modernist studio jewelry movement. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Arts and Design and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
The necklace alternates groups of pearls with 14 karat gold tubing. The gold disc fits in a larger open circle as both a design element and the closure. The necklace measures 16 inches in length.
Delicate 18 karat gold earrings by Tiffany in the form of seashells. They ribs alternate in height creating a nice reflection of light. The earrings measure 9/16" in width and length. Backs are posts and clips. Made circa 2000.
This unusual Tane necklace is made of circular links that terminate with round balls. They are strung on a rubber cord measuring 17 inches long. It has a magnetic clasp with a safety loop. The necklace is not signed by Tane but comes in their presentation box. From a practical point of view, there is not a place where the maker could have put their stamp as every bit of it is textured. It is a mate to the signed Tane bangle bracelet listed as item 1429548.
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Interesting sterling silver links necklace by New York jeweler, Frank Miraglia. It is signed "Miraglia Sterling Modern".
Four hinged links surround a central pendant with a round gray glass stone. The plaque measures 1 1/2 inches tall and 2 1/8 inches at the widest. It is
9 1/2 inches in length from the clasp to the bottom of the pendant. Condition is excellent; made 1950's.
Rare, early sterling with amethyst bracelet by silver master, William Spratling. The bracelet has a raised, striated silver design throughout that terminates with two pear shaped cabochon amethysts. On either side of them are three graduated size round amethysts. The bracelet is hinged and has a pin closure. Maker's mark dates it to the period between 1940 - 1946.
An identical bracelet of this design recently sold at auction for $6000.
William Spratling was the father of the Mexican silver... Click for details
Streamlined bird brooch by the nonagenarian Modernist designer, Betty Cooke. Cooke is known for her minimal designs that successfully convey the form she aims for. This bird measures 4 inches wide and 2 inches from the bottom of the wood branch on which it sits to the top of the head. It was probably made in the 1960's.
Ninety six year old Cooke is considered one of the icons of the Modernist studio jewelry movement. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Chic and playful rubber and sterling silver bangle bracelet by Tane. The core of the bracelet is rubber that is completely covered with sterling silver dots. The combination of silver with the black is quite striking.
The interior diameter of the bracelet is 2 1/2 inches. It fits a medium wrist.
Tane has been known since the early 20th century as one of Mexico's finest silversmiths.
The matching necklace is available as item #1432670.
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