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SOLD 1950's Mexican Fine Silver Amethyst Brooch

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1950's
$128.00

Breathtaking, hand made, fine silver Mexican brooch, c.1950's. This almost pure silver brooch (980) is very finely crafted, hand hammered, it is a floral organic motif with seven bezel set pieces of amethyst. There are natural inclusions in the stone, as is typical with Mexican amethyst jewellery. It is Taxco made, and a fine example of the silver town's excellent design.

Item Details

Size

5cm x 5cm

Weight

14 Grams

Hallmark

980 Taxco

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. No dings or chips.

About this Piece

Taxco

High in the hills of southern Mexico is a small town named Taxco, rich in silver deposits with a history of mining and silver smithing, this town has produced some of the world's finest design and workmanship in vintage jewellery. The Mexican Revolution (a long and bloody civil war) ended in the 1930's leaving people and produce able to move freely for the first time in 30 years. American architect William Spratling, enamoured with the towns skills and resources, helps to reinvigorate the silver industry by creating silver design workshops, and exporting the produce, mostly to the United States. This little town became a hive of original design and expert craftsmanship attracting artisans and artists, like few other places and produced some of the worlds finest silver work for a 50 year period.

Amethyst

Amethyst is a purple, lilac or violet variety of quartz, formed in geodes (a small gas cavity in rock lined in crystals), the presence of Iron during formation determines the depth of it's colour. Amethyst is popular in Mexican vintage jewellery and it is always used with variations and inclusions in the stone.