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SOLD OUT 1980's Mexican Malachite Mask Pendant

Mexican Vintage Jewellery
1980's

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$109.00

Standout hand carved Mexican vintage pendant necklace. 1980's made in Taxco, Mexico this highly unique pendant is a Mayan mask carved from malachite, set in sterling silver with a little resin heart inlay on the headpiece. There is a malachite chip collar and little stone bead dandles. The chain is a vintage sterling silver italian box chain. This a slightly smaller variation on this necklace - a little more delicate.

Item Details

Size

Pendant 2cm x 5cm, Chain 46cm.

Weight

10 Grams

Hallmark

Pendant TS-135, Mexico, 925. Chain IBB Italy 925

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 pendant.

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.

Mexican Tribal Mask

The carved tribal mask was popularised in the Art Deco period in Mexican jewellery. Inspired by the pre-columbian Aztec and Mayan civilisations and carved out of various stones - onyx, calcite, amethyst, tiger's eye, sometimes cast in bronze or copper - the mask features in necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets.