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SOLD 1980's Elegant Onyx Cabochon Bracelet

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

Extremely elegant, yet still sizeable, vintage onyx bracelet. Handcrafted in Taxco, Mexico, circa 1980, these perfectly shaped graduating onyx cabochons are simply set in a fine sterling bezel, the centre piece is the largest cabochon in a sterling rope setting. With a secure tab clasp, this bracelet is a generous size and has a smooth feel to the fingers, an inky black luminescence and a wonderful weight.

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Item Details


18.5cm Long - Centre Link is 3.5cm x 2.5cm, smallest link is 1.8cm x 1.3cm


52 Grams - this is a substantial bracelet.


TB-176 9225 (looks like the 2 has jumped when it has been hand stamped)


Onyx, 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 - spectacular vintage bracelet.

About this Piece


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.