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SOLD Mexican Abalone Inlaid Cuauhtémoc Necklace + Brooch

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Amazing, handcrafted in Mexico City, brooch and pendant necklace. Inlaid abalone shell on 900 silver with an Cuauhtémoc motif, the last king of the Aztec Empire. Safety clasp back with a pendant loop, comes with a vintage sterling choker chain and can be worn as either a brooch or a necklace.

Item Details


Choker Necklace 40.5cm and Pendant 5cm x 5cm


27 Grams


Cuauhtémoc Hechco en Mexico DF. 900. Chain is stamped Italy and 925


Abalone, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, some crazing to the abalone and a chip but the abalone is still intact so no holes (see pic), will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage pendant/brooch.

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.