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Early Mexican sterling silver bracelet. Hand crafted, circa 1930s-40s, this a large and ornate statement bracelet. A large curved centrepiece of raised jade, carved with a leaf motif and a set on an ornate sterling frame, the raised centre is topped with an ornate Cannetille sterling centre. There are four adjoining smaller links of jade, carved with a leaf motif and also set in an ornate frame separated with four simple repousse ball panel link. There are nine separate hinged links which gives the bracelet plenty of movement to wrap in a nice arc around the wrist.

Item Details


17cm Long / Centre Panel is 4cm x 4cm / Side Jade Links 2cm x 4.5cm / Repoussé Ball Links 1.3cm x 2.5cm


68 Grams


Sterling Silver


Jade, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, the side jade pieces are not glued in so there is minor movement but they are very secure in the bezel, only noted for accuracy, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste.

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.