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SOLD 1940's Crushed Turquoise Inlay Necklace

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Mexican made, c.1930's - 1940's, this is a gorgeous crushed turquoise stone inlay vintage necklace. Set in sterling silver with silver channel inlay - in the Azteza style, a soft rounded mask inspired by the pre-columbina period, with a graphic deco link chain, and a simple j-clasp at the nape. Feels lovely and smooth - it has a good weight to it - an amazing and unique early Mexican piece.

Item Details


Wearable Length 46cm,Pendant 4.5cm x 6cm


47 Grams


Sterling Mexico


Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Couple of tiny coarse patches in the stone inlay as is typical with this kind of jewellery but no holes to the backing.

About this Piece

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.

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.