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SOLD 1940's Carved Mayan Mask Necklace

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Totally UNIQUE hand carved Mexican sterling silver vintage necklace. Circa 1940 this INCREDIBLE deep green necklace is a dyed agate stone, hand carved into a Mayan/Aztec inspired warrior mask, bordered in sterling silver repoussé, with stone beads and clasp, chunky sterling links - this is hand crafted and a one of a kind vintage necklace.

Item Details


Wearable length 43cm, Pendant 3.5cm x 5cm


42 Grams


Sterling 925 Taxco Hecho en Mexico AM


Green Onyx, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings, chips or scratches to stone, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste, some scratching to the silver on the back of the pendant.

About this Piece


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.

Green Onyx

A popular green stone, often carved and used in vintage Mexican jewellery, sometimes referred to as 'Mexican Jade' or 'Green Onyx'. A few different stones were popular with Mexican artisans, sometimes a dyed calcite, agate, chrysoprase or onyx.

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.