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Vintage Mexican Sterling Cube Onyx Link Necklace

Mexican Vintage Jewellery
1980's

Lovely sturdy but delicate 3d cubed necklace. Twenty nine links, handmade in Mexica circa 1980- 1990. This is elegant and minimalist design in wear with everything black and silver. Very nice quality, a heavy gauge of silver, and classic design. Secure tab clasp that closes with a crisp click, fantastic quality necklace.

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$309.00

Item Details

Size

40cm. Each link is 1cm x 0.8cm

Weight

73 grams

Hallmark

Mexico 925

Materials

Onyx, 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.e with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste.

About this Piece

Modernist Jewellery

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)

Dating Mexican Jewellery

There are many aspects to dating Mexican jewellery but the hallmarks fall roughly into the following decades (this is a rough guide only as plenty of artisans mark their jewellery outside of these conventions): Simple hallmarks SILVER, STERLING, PLATA + MEXICO/TAXCO are preceding the eagle system, introduced in 1948. An EAGLE essay mark was introduced in 1948 and discontinued in 1980. The number and letter registration system eg TH-10 was introduced in 1979/1980. Essentially the first letter identifies the location the piece was created, eg T = Taxco, M = Mexico City, and the second letters is an initial of the artists name and the number is the number of individuals registered with that combination. So TH-10 would be Taxco artist, Hernandez and they would have been the 10th artisan to register that combination.