Spectacular old handcrafted inlay necklace circa 1960's - 70's. Made from 980, near pure silver, twelve curved and articulated links inlaid with natural turquoise, malachite and lapis. Secure box clasp closes with a crisp click and original safety chain. The colours are spectacular, this is an unusual and highly collectible necklace in a very modern design. Sits in a wonderful curve around the neck and at 46cm/18 inches is will fit most necks comfortably! It has a heavy patina on the hinges. Hallmarked 980, this could be either southwest in origin or Chilean.
Wearable Length 46cm /18" x 1.2cm/0.5" | Links are 3.2cm
Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, natural flaws in the stones, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, quite a heavy patina on the hinges which I will leave 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.
Modernist jewellery was produced around the 1930's to the 1960's. It was essentially a rejection of the styles that came before it; the decorative quality of Victorian jewellery, the fussiness of Art Nouvea and the rigidity of Art Deco. It was an embrace of straight clean lines and intersecting curves. "The Modernists free thinkers and artists who broke away from the mainstream of jewelry design and looked to the fine arts for inspiration - they were Surrealists, Cubists, and Abstract Expressionists acting as sculptors in small scale, painters in enamels, and architects in miniature." (Schon: Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960: The Wearable Art Movement)