Vintage Sterling Silver Azurite Mexican Clamper
Mexican Vintage Jewellery
Heavy Mexican sterling silver clamper. Handmade circa 1980s with azurite (stabilised) stone inlay, nice hidden clasp, a good grave of silver, great design. Listing is for the single bracelet last image is to give you an idea of size.
0.7cm Wide / Inner Circumference 17.5cm
Mexico (tests sterling)
Azurite, Sterling Silver
Spectacular vintage condition, 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 piece.
About this Piece
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.
Stabilised stone is any natural stone, like turquoise, or lapis for example, that has been infused with a resin to strengthen and (sometimes) colour it.