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SOLD Copper Inlay Cleopatra Collar

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Totally stunning handcrafted mixed metal cleopatra collar, handcrafted in the silver capital of Mexico, Taxco. Fifteen curved links of crushed turquoise with spectacular copper and enamel inlay in sterling silver. Unique and extremely modern design, beautifully executed. Estimated circa 1960s, tab closes safety with a crisp click. This is a nice length at 40cm (as these collars are quite small) but this will fit a wider range of neck sizes. Refined, elegant and in beautiful tones, this is a spectacular vintage necklace in stunning condition.

Item Details


Wearable length approximately 40.5cm / Each Link 2.8cm x 1.2cm


57 Grams


Sterling Taxco 925 / Initials CRO cut off in a circle


Copper, Enamel, Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - spectacular vintage condition.

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.