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Vintage 40s Mexican Art Deco Copper Inlay Turquoise Sterling Silver Bracelet

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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Vintage Mexican Wave Bracelet

Really lovely Mexican sterling silver vintage statement bracelet. I have seen many of this kind of link bracelet and this is the most solid I have come across. Fantastic sterling links with a copper inlay of Mexican motifs - animals and gods, set in a mixed crushed stone - I can see turquoise and malachite among others. Each link has a curve at base and top so bracelet sits in a in an articulated curve around your writs - beautifully done. The bracelet has a nice soft shine and feels smooth and sturdy to the touch. Circa 30's - 40's, this is a lovely quality bracelet.

Item Details


Wearable Length 21cm x 2.3cm


32 Grams


Sterling A.N 925 in a circle. Half the word MEXICO (and something else too worn to read)


Copper, Malachite, Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, couple pinhead sized coarse patches to inlay but no holes, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage piece.

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.

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.