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SOLD 1940's Mexican Carved Stone Mask Necklace

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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Spectacular art deco Mexican sterling silver mask vintage necklace. Hand carved, circa 1930's - 1940's. Crushed lapis and abalone inlay. Stunning structured chain with lapis and abalone links and a carved pre-columbinan tribal mask pendant - stamped with sterling + artists hallmark "Silver 925 Hecho En JE" in a circle. Incredible and unique hand carved piece of jewellery - I've never seen another like it.

Item Details


Length 40.5cm Pendant 3.5cm x 4.3cm


40 Grams


Silver 925 Hecho En


Abalone, Lapis Lazuli, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. The crushed lapis inlay is coarse, not smoothly finished off. I would not consider this a flaw but noted for your info - incredible one of a kind vintage necklace,

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.