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SOLD Ornate Mexican Art Deco Green Onyx Necklace

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1930's
$169.00

Gorgeous and ornate, this Mexican hand crafted necklace was produced somewhere between the 1930's - 1940's. Classic pre-columbian inspired design, the green onyx pendant is a Mayan mask with pyramid green onyx beads, and an ornate wire rosette border peppered with repoussé balls. Simple j clasp - this is a stunning and unique vintage necklace. Either coin silver or alpaca - acid test inconclusive.

Item Details

Size

Chain 45cm + Pendant 4.7cm x 5cm

Weight

52 Grams

Hallmark

Silver Mexico

Materials

Alpaca, Green Onyx, Silver, 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

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.

Green Onyx

A popular green stone, often carved and used in vintage Mexican jewellery, sometimes referred to as 'Mexican Jade' or 'Green Onyx'. A few different stones were popular with Mexican artisans, sometimes a dyed calcite, agate, chrysoprase or onyx.

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.