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SOLD Lapis + Rose Quartz Finger Necklace

Mexican Vintage Jewellery
1980's

Absolutely stunning quality smooth lapis bib necklace. Graduated fingers of lapis that have been smooth polished and rounded at the ends, each link is hinged so the necklace moves beautifully, this style is often quite stiff but because of the quality of the hinges used you can practically roll it up into a tube - fantastic artisan made necklace. Handmade in Mexico, I suspect Taxco but most of the hallmark has worn off and you can only just make out 950 and part of the word Mexico under a loupe.

The lapis is natural and a lovely rich blue with pyrite flecks through it, each link has a pretty round inlay piece of rose quartz - looks incredible on. Made from higher than sterling, 950 silver, clasp closes crisply and has a safety clasp over the tab. Smooth and supple to the touch with finely crafted detail, this is a mid sized necklace; elegant, yet large enough to be noticed without being overpowering.

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Item Details

Size

Wearable Length 43.5cm Largest Link is 0.6cm x 2.1cm / Shortest is 0.6cm x 0.7cm

Weight

43 Grams

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Quartz, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage piece.

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.

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.