Friday, May 28, 2010

Ck out this Blog -

OK so I guess I'm enamored with Antonio. L@@k at this bracelet!
In looking around I saw this BLOG site and the blogger slash owner has this Antonio bracelet posted on her blog...

If you search her blog she a couple of other pieces...Her website appears to be dedicated to jewelry in general not Taxco specific like some ppl!

Intotemptation's Weblog

Glitterati AKA Antonio Pineda

My Jeweler just saw this article and shared it with me...Its in FORBES LIFE magazine - May 2010 issue...Wow! Talk about mainstream. Its a short article and I'm surprised the author didn't mention the upcoming Silver Seduction show in Santa Fe next week...Oh well, here is the link:

Here is the article if you cant get the link:
BTW I ck'd the silverfund for Antonio pieces and they were super E-X-Pensive - and they only only a few pieces...
Antonio Pineda,
a leading light of the Taxco School of midcentury Mexican silversmiths, was fond of saying, "The richness of silver is immortal. It doesn't die." Although he himself passed away at age 90 last December, his work retains its time-transcending allure. Between the 1930s and '70s, first as an apprentice to William Spratling, the American expat who put Taxco on the map, and then in his own workshop, he produced thousands of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, brooches, and cuff links that are remarkable for their abstract geometry, precise workmanship, and exquisite incorporation of gemstones (note the amethysts in the necklace here). A longtime favorite of modernist jewelry collectors, Pineda's refreshingly simple work has an enduring--and expanding--appeal. "His pieces are being snapped up," says Michael James, owner of the Silver Fund in San Francisco, a leading Pineda dealer. "His buyers are people who like great design. They may have a Graff diamond on their finger and an Antonio bracelet on their wrist."
Necklace, $6,500; cuff, $4,500.
At the Silver Fund, 877-391-4151,

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hector Aguilar for Coro -

Here is the correct mark for Coro by Hector Aguilar....Do Not Accept anything less than these marks..well, unless its at a really good price (cheap) but I've seen wannabe Coro in the block letter CORO and its just not worth your $$.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Aguilar For Coro FAKES!

So you saw my earlier posts on fake Antonio's and Spratling's. But nothing bugs me more than the mis-idenfied - yes, I suppose ppl can make honest mistakes, by mis-identifying Coro. So, here is one currently on eBay = You see these alot. I posted the marks - there are like 5 things wrong with the mark. Can you identify the mistakes?

So the marks are in block lettering CORO - should be in script Coro.
Should say Made in Mexico - not Taxco.
This one is stamped on the piece itself = watch out for those markings that are applied to the piece. I really dont like those - its like they SCREAM I'm A FAKE!!
So be careful out there...I did buy one of these fake coro pieces - the quality and workmanship just isnt there. You can tell even if not marked. But the fake markings just say it all - scream it all....

Monday, May 10, 2010

More on Agnes

OK so I am having some thoughts about Agnes and my own blog which really features vintage taxco...while Agnes is not vintage and is quite contemporary, her influences are clearly from the past. That and she was in the Maestros exhibit. In reviewing the Davis and Pack book the last chapter features newer designers including Spratling, Aguilar, and Antonio among others (Margot, Matl, Davis, etc). Those were considered newer since Davis and Pack was focused on the folk and regional jewelry. So, in considering Agnes I think she is the future with an influence of the past. Your thoughts?

Mexican German Influences - Yeah, Its AGNES SEEBASS

I love her work - she's mentioned in the Big Book Of Mexican Silver (aka Penny Morrills's Mexican Silver). In conjunction with my Taxco silver, I also have a Scandinavian collection going. I love the sleek lines and excellent workmanship - the enamel work is also to die for. So its kinda cool that both worlds come together in Agnes Seebass. If you ck out this website slash article by Marbeth -

it says that she visited and worked in the Los Castillo workshop...what it doesnt say is that Agnes and Wolmar Castillo were married but then divorced....

Still, Agnes' work is wonderful - love the silver matte color and yet it looks modernist. Agnes work is also on the westcoast at Hiosilver where the owner has trunk shows...havent been to one yet - maybe I can get my friend Katina to drive me out there some time....

Yes, I was lucky enough to get a necklace by her - yes, at the Maestros de Plata exhibit in San Antonio...Lucky me.

New Website

Tesoros De Plata

Yeah, that's Silver Treasures for my monolingual bloggers...
You know I cant resist a new website...Altho, not really 'new' you can see from the email its pbarb. For eBay-philes the name should be familiar but its nice to see a new website dedicated to stuff I really enjoy!.

Welcome and enjoy - Tia

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Drama! Authentic and FAB-U-LOUS Antonio

OMG! How fabulous is this Antonio wrap bracelet!? I love love love it. Yes it was bit over my budget and yet I had to have it - after all, what is a credit card for if not for an Antonio??
Severely modernist and with all the proper markings.
So, I have seen this in 14k gold and due to the price (over $3k) I passed - now I kick my self cuz its really quite wonderful.
Its very well made and there is no room for any type of 'adjustment' so it is wear as is where is...I love it and have worn it a couple of time altho it takes some practice to put it on cuz its not adjustable.