SOLD Geo Malachite Inlay Necklace
Mexican Vintage Jewellery
Fantastic sterling silver vintage necklace, hand crafted circa 80's - 90's in Taxco, Mexico. Great geometric links with malachite chip inlay, secure tab clasp, this is a light necklace, easy to wear, Cleopatra collar style.
44cm Long / Centrepiece Links 2cm x 1.7cm / Side Links 2.4cm x 1cm
Mexico TF-39 925
Malachite, Sterling Silver
About this Piece
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.
Malachite is a brightly banded green mineral carbonate that forms deep underground, most often as a result of weathering of copper ores - it is the copper component that gives it it's rich green tone. Archaeological evidence suggests we have been carving out of Malachite as far back as 4,000 BC. Malachite is soft and a little brittle, it is sensitive to both acids and heat and requires gentle care, no chemicals or ultrasonic cleaning, avoid makeup, perfumes and cleaning products.