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SOLD Huge 70's Crushed Turquoise Inlay Sterling Brooch + Pendant Necklace

Mexican Vintage Jewellery
1970's

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$139.00

Amazing, massive, chic, hand crafted in Taxco, Mexican vintage brooch and pendant. Circa 1960's - 1970's, hand carved silver with oxidised relief in an abstract Mayan pattern with crushed mixed turquoise stone in the centre. Simple c clasp at the back with a pendant loop and comes with a vintage sterling choker. Spectacular craftsmanship and a beautiful bright vintage piece.

Item Details

Size

Choker 41cm, Pendant 6cm x 6cm

Weight

34 Grams

Hallmark

Sterling 925 Taxco in a circle with initial NFJ in centre, Mexico Legro(?) and Eagle 3 Essay. Choker is stamped Taor 925

Materials

Sterling Silver, 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. Please note the choker is excellent condition - NO dings in the curve. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage necklace.

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.

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.