Fine Silver Lapis Mushroom Necklace
Lovely handcrafted higher than sterling, 950 silver necklace, handcrafted in Chile, circa 1980's, ten elliptical links with inlaid lapis separated by a small mushroom shaped lapis inlay link.
Length 47.5cm / Elliptical Links 3.5cm x 1.2cm / Mushroom Links 1.4cm x 1.5cm
Lapis Lazuli, Sterling Silver
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
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.