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SOLD Ornate Mexican Sterling Amethyst Brooch

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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Stunning, ornate Mexican sterling silver brooch. Hand crafted, circa 1940s-1950's, it has a nouveau feel with a curled motif and repoussé domes at either end, the centre piece is a deep purple amethyst stone wit inclusions, as it typical of Mexican amethyst. Safety clasp on the back - nice weight to it, this is a large and elegant vintage brooch.

Item Details


6.4cm x 4.4cm


16 Grams


Silver Mexico


Amethyst, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition! Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings, there's a pinprick sized indent on top right of the stone (see pic) but it's part of the original stone as it's smooth (not a chip), there is a pinhead sized patch on the stone top where the surface has been rubbed, these are not vivisble unless under magnification, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage brooch

About this Piece

Dating Mexican Jewellery

There are many aspects to dating Mexican jewellery but the hallmarks fall roughly into the following decades (this is a rough guide only as plenty of artisans mark their jewellery outside of these conventions): Simple hallmarks SILVER, STERLING, PLATA + MEXICO/TAXCO are preceding the eagle system, introduced in 1948. An EAGLE essay mark was introduced in 1948 and discontinued in 1980. The number and letter registration system eg TH-10 was introduced in 1979/1980. Essentially the first letter identifies the location the piece was created, eg T = Taxco, M = Mexico City, and the second letters is an initial of the artists name and the number is the number of individuals registered with that combination. So TH-10 would be Taxco artist, Hernandez and they would have been the 10th artisan to register that combination.


Amethyst is a purple, lilac or violet variety of quartz, formed in geodes (a small gas cavity in rock lined in crystals), the presence of Iron during formation determines the depth of it's colour. Amethyst is popular in Mexican vintage jewellery and it is always used with variations and inclusions in the stone.