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SOLD José Anton Amethyst Sombrero Brooch

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Circa 1930's - 1940's this adorable hand crafted vintage brooch is Taxco, Mexican made by José Anton. The sombrero is a curved hat with detailed carving across the brim, a wire hat band and and a lovely large piece of Amethyst in the centre. The amethyst is full of inclusions (as is typical with Mexican amethyst). SImple c clasp tab - stunning vintage hooch

Item Details

Size

4.2cm x 4.2cm

Weight

11 Grams

Hallmark

Anton Plata 925 Mexico

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 - amazing vintage brooch.

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.