Heleen Bossi hosted a very successful exhibition of her collection of Mexican Vintage Silver Jewellery at the Slee Gallery in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch during September 2012. Some of these pieces are still available and the details of this exhibition can be viewed below.
Heleen is the owner of Paisley’s Antique Jewellery and has been working in the field of antique and vintage jewellery for the past 30 years. She started collecting vintage Mexican jewellery many years ago and has travelled all over the world to put her unique collection together. This was the first exhibition of its kind to be hosted in South-Africa and was endorsed by the Mexican Embassy.
“There were approximately 250 pieces of Mexican silver jewellery on display, including pieces by well-known designers such as William Spratling, Antonio Pineda, Margot, Los Castillo and others. Most of the pieces were made between 1930 and the turn of the 20th Century.”
Her collection includes stunning silver handmade brooches and bangles, beautiful enameled snake necklaces, ornate ‘Byzantine style’ pendants inlaid with turquoise, coral and amethyst as well as a huge variety of other interesting pieces. This collection is constantly growing.
Collecting Mexican vintage jewellery has become a worldwide trend, with collectors both looking for stylish, wearable pieces as well as investment pieces.
What sets vintage Mexican jewellery apart is the boldness and strength of the designs, the beautiful gemstones and enameling that have traditionally been combined with silver, the use of mixed metals, as well as the quality of workmanship and the fact that most of the earlier pieces were handmade.
The uniqueness of these pieces makes them beautiful accessories, strong fashion statements, classical adornments or even wearable pieces of art.