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SOLD 1940's Crushed Stone + Copper Inlay Necklace

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Gorgeous, figural Mexican vintage necklace. Hand crafted circa 1930's - 1940's, this necklace is a crushed seafoam coloured stone (usually a mix of turquoise and others). It is seven lovely curved links set in an alpaca frame with a series of copper inlays in traditional Mexican themes - gods, animals and sugar skulls. There are eight crushed stone curved links on either side of the inlay that sit in a curve around your neck - fantastic old Mexican necklace.

Item Details


45cm Long - Centre Links are 3.5cm x 2.5cm, Side Links are 3.5cm x 0.8cm


Hecho en Mexico + An Animal Head (I think its an eagle but there is no number)


Alpaca, Copper, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, there are some uneven colours patches on the alpaca on the reverse only, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste Has a handcrafted look to it - spectacular vintage piece.

About this Piece

Alpaca Silver

Alpaca is the common name for a metal alloy that contains a combination of metals - usually copper and nickel (sometimes zinc, tin or cadmium), sometimes referred to a Mexican Silver or Nickel Silver. The most common formulation is 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc.

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.