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Sterling Crushed Turquoise Mexican Dangle Brooch or Pendant

Mexican Vintage Jewellery
1970's

in stock

1
$109.00

Gorgeous Sterling Mexican Turquoise Dangle Brooch or Pendant

Bright and beautifully made Mexican sterling brooch, with a pendant loop at the back if you'd
prefer to wear it on a chain. Very nice handcrafted silver work, with lovely long dangles, and bright inlaid turquoise chip with silver wire channel work, nice large size, a versatile and statement brooch - there are a matching pair of earrings available. Made somewhere between 1978-80's.

Item Details

Size

5cm x 3cm

Weight

9 Grams

Hallmark

925 Mexcio TL-77

Materials

Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

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 piece.

About this Piece

Taxco

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.

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.