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SOLD 1940's Mexican Onyx Azteca Necklace

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Striking c.1940's Aztec inspired Mexican onyx sterling silver necklace. High quality workmanship in this carved onyz stone necklace. Pre-columbian inspired tribal mask pendant ( theme popular in older Mexican jewellery), bezel set in sterling silver, framed in silver drops and six sleek onyx beads with a simple hook clasp - beautifully hand carved and a very nice weight.

Item Details


Total length 46cm (Wearable length 40cm + Pendant 4.5cm x 6cm)


50 Grams


Hecho en Mexico and a hallmark inside a circle I can't read



Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. One of the earrings has a dent on the back of the necklace (pictured) this looks like it happened in production, not a process of wear or ageing. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing 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.