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Mexican Mahogany Obsidian Droplet Necklace

Mexican Vintage Jewellery
1990's

in stock

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$329.00

Lovely, heavy, handcrafted necklace. Made in Taxco, Mexico, circa late 80s, army 90's, this necklace is made from fine, 950 silver, higher than sterling silver. Hollowware sterling silver beads with a bib of mahogany obsidian (I don't know if the stone is stabilised or natural), six small smooth set bezel between four large double-piece dangles, and a triple drop at the centre, secure tab feature clasp with an inset stone and nice smooth pieces, this a generous weight of silver.

Item Details

Size

Approx 41.5cm in length, small obsidian 1.5cm x 1.7cm / larger obsidian 4.2cm x 2.5cm / centrepiece 2.3cm x 6.4cm

Weight

100g

Hallmark

TN-57 Mexico 950

Materials

Obsidian, 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 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.

Stabilised Stone

Stabilised stone is any natural stone, like turquoise, or lapis for example, that has been infused with a resin to strengthen and (sometimes) colour it.