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SOLD 1980's Huge Mexican Onyx Shield Ring

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1980's
$169.00

Unique and spectacular vintage handcrafted ring from Taxco, Mexican. Circa late 70's - 1980's this pre-columbian Aztec mask is a popular theme in vintage Mexican jewellery. Hand carved Onyx mask in a malachite chip in resin collar, earrings and headdress, set is sterling silver - it has a good solid gauge shank - this is small, delicate and expertly carved - unique and rare vintage piece.

Item Details

Size

Setting: 3.5cm x 2.2cm. Band: Internal circumference 52mm = US 6 and AU L 1/2

Weight

16 Grams

Hallmark

LOA Sterling

Materials

Onyx, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition!! Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste.

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.

Mexican Tribal Mask

The carved tribal mask was popularised in the Art Deco period in Mexican jewellery. Inspired by the pre-columbian Aztec and Mayan civilisations and carved out of various stones - onyx, calcite, amethyst, tiger's eye, sometimes cast in bronze or copper - the mask features in necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets.