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SOLD Art Deco Mexican Jade MASSIVE Cuff

Sold Vintage Jewellery
1930's

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$585.00

Spectacular and MASSIVE early Mexican jade bracelet. Handcrafted circa 1930's - 1940's with carved jade figures in the pre-columbian Mayan motif popular at the time. The urge figure (4cm x 3.5cm) are nicely carved and set on sterling silver with repoussé headdresses. Each link is separated by an ornate oxidised sterling silver panel. Secure tab closes with a crisp click, this is a very large and bold Mexican statement bracelet for the lover of unusual jewellery.

Item Details

Size

18.5cm Wearable Length. Jade Panels 5cm x 3.5cm Silver Panels 2.3cm x 4.5cm

Weight

103 Grams

Hallmark

Mexico Sterling

Materials

Jade, 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. Has a handcrafted look to it - spectacular vintage condition.

About this Piece

Sterling Silver

Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.

Dating Mexican Jewellery

There are many aspects to dating Mexican jewellery but the hallmarks fall roughly into the following decades (this is a rough guide only as plenty of artisans mark their jewellery outside of these conventions): Simple hallmarks SILVER, STERLING, PLATA + MEXICO/TAXCO are preceding the eagle system, introduced in 1948. An EAGLE essay mark was introduced in 1948 and discontinued in 1980. The number and letter registration system eg TH-10 was introduced in 1979/1980. Essentially the first letter identifies the location the piece was created, eg T = Taxco, M = Mexico City, and the second letters is an initial of the artists name and the number is the number of individuals registered with that combination. So TH-10 would be Taxco artist, Hernandez and they would have been the 10th artisan to register that combination.