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SOLD Mexican Malachite Mosaic Necklace

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1980's
$219.00

Stunning handcrafted in Taxco, Mexico, circa 1980. Gorgeous large carved pendant with malachite inlay and detailed fine 950 silver work, links all set with inlaid malachite chip and safe tab closure. This is a substantial necklace, a little longer than a choker - stunning and one of a kind vintage piece.

Item Details

Size

49cm Wearable Length Pendant 7.5cm x 4cm

Weight

54 Grams

Hallmark

Mexico, TX, 950

Materials

Malachite, 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 - amazing vintage necklace.

About this Piece

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.

Malachite

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.