1970's Mexican Mixed Metal Cuff
Mexican Vintage Jewellery
Totally stunning Mexican vintage statement bracelet. Big copper cuff with brass Mayan face and inlaid abalone in details - wide, bold bracelet.
Wearable Length 14.5cm (measured inside) x 4m wide
Abalone, Brass, Copper
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. There is a copper coloured mark on the brass - see pic, very smooth so not sure if it's tarnish or copper, does not affect the look. Has a handcrafted look to it, not a smooth round - amazing vintage piece.
About this Piece
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.
Dating Mexican Jewellery
There are many aspects to dating Mexican jewellery but the hallmarks fall roughly into the following decades (this is a rough guide only as plenty of artisans mark their jewellery outside of these conventions): Simple hallmarks SILVER, STERLING, PLATA + MEXICO/TAXCO are preceding the eagle system, introduced in 1948. An EAGLE essay mark was introduced in 1948 and discontinued in 1980. The number and letter registration system eg TH-10 was introduced in 1979/1980. Essentially the first letter identifies the location the piece was created, eg T = Taxco, M = Mexico City, and the second letters is an initial of the artists name and the number is the number of individuals registered with that combination. So TH-10 would be Taxco artist, Hernandez and they would have been the 10th artisan to register that combination.