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Vintage Mexican Silver Art Deco Brooch

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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1940's
$119.00

Spectacular Art Deco Mexican Brooch. Handmade circa 1930's-1940's in Mexico in organic art nouveau style. Lovely, detailed silverwork with an inlay of crushed turquoise and pink abalone. Nice work, no loss to the inlay at all. Pendant loop and brooch back so you can wear as either, secure clasp, has a lovely dome curve and smooth silver. A generous size but still a delicate, elegant brooch.

Item Details

Size

4cm x 4.5cm

Weight

8 Grams

Hallmark

Sterling Mexico and what looks like Amunos in a circle

Materials

Abalone, Turquoise

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

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.