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SOLD OUT 80'S Mexican Inlaid Abalone + Enamel Necklace

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Spectacular geometric design Mexican vintage necklace. Gorgeous hinged design with black enamel and abalone inlay in shades of pink and green in sterling silver, very nicely crafted - secure click tab clasp closure and lovely shape around the neck. 1980's made, this a quality Taxco made, great weight and an excellent length. These necklaces are often very short, choker length but this had a little extra so it will fit most sizes nicely. There is a complimenting pair of earrings available for sale http://cocoandbenny.com/product/earrings/80s-mexican-inlaid-abalone-enam...

Item Details


43.5cm Wearable Length (Centre Link 6cm x 3cm)


96 Grams


925 Mexico TL-44


Abalone, Enamel, Sterling Silver

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 - amazing vintage piece.

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.

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.