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SOLD Vintage 1980s Mexican Carved Malchite Earrings

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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1980's
$118.00

Taxco made, handcrafted Mexican vintage earrings. These stunning Aztec mask earrings are hand carved malachite faces with a malachite chip inlay, in fine silver (950). Lovely fine silver dangles and the perfect weight - these are beautifully crafted and unique earrings.

Item Details

Size

1.8cm x 3.5cm (excluding hooks)

Weight

11 Grams

Hallmark

950 TR-155

Materials

Malachite, 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 - amazing vintage earrings.

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.

Malachite

Malachite is a brightly banded green mineral carbonate that forms deep underground, most often as a result of weathering of copper ores - it is the copper component that gives it it's rich green tone. Archaeological evidence suggests we have been carving out of Malachite as far back as 4,000 BC. Malachite is soft and a little brittle, it is sensitive to both acids and heat and requires gentle care, no chemicals or ultrasonic cleaning, avoid makeup, perfumes and cleaning products.