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One of kind handcrafted, 1940's Mexican sterling silver vintage earrings. I have never seen such an intricate pair! Repoussé disc with a chandelier dangle, three dimensional setting, containing a smooth tigers eye and either aventurine or green glass bead, facet cut amethyst at the bottom (with inclusion a is typical of the Mexican style) , the surrounding silver work is extremely detailed containing scrolls, repoussé balls and decorated studs, expertly made and beautiful and light enough to wear, art deco period in Mexican jewellery was truly spectacular - and very few of the earrings are studs (!) like these (come with sterling butterfly backs).

Item Details


5.2cm x 2.4cm (at bell) Disc (1.5cm)


15 Grams (pair)


Noen - test sterling


Amethyst, Art Glass, Sterling Silver, Tigers Eye

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. There is a pinprick ding to one ball - does not detract. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage earrings.

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.

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.