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SOLD Mexican Crushed Turquoise + Lapis Stone Reversible Medallion

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1970's
$139.00

Stunning hand crafted sterling Mexican medallion choker neckace. VIntage, circa 1960's - 1970's this pendant is reversible, a brass Mayan figure set in crushed turquoise on one side and a copper in lapis on the reverse, set in sterling silver with pipe choker necklace, this is a substantial necklace.

Item Details

Size

Choker 37.5cm Pendant 6cm x 8cm (including bale)

Weight

54 Grams

Hallmark

925 on choker and bale.

Materials

Brass, Copper, Lapis Lazuli, Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, very minor rise to curve in choker, 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 necklace.

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.

Chip Inlay

Chip inlay is a jewellery technique whereby cavities are carved into silver and filled with a mixture of crushed natural stone; typically turquoise, coral or lapis and an epoxy resin. Once the resin has cooled and hardened, it is polished smooth. The technique is popular in both Mexican and Native American jewellery - the colour often vibrant and the layers of crushed stone give a nice depth.

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.