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SOLD Vintage 1940s Demi Parure Bright Turquoise Inlay Necklace + Bracelet Set

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The most gorgeous and unusual Mexican two piece set I have come across. Hand wrought in a very bright turquoise and mixed stone with a sterling silver inlay. The necklace features twelve different links, each with an amazing array of Mexican symbols: sugar skulls, grain harvest, snakes, lizards, gods. It is a collar style necklace and wears close to the throat (easily lengthened with a sterling necklace extender) and a simple j clasp. The matching bracelet is eight articulated links that nestle into each other, and closes with a simple j-clasp.
This is an art deco era piece, beautifully made and extremely unusual.

Item Details


Necklace: wearable length 37.5cm. Bracelet 17cm. x 2.8cm (Links are 2.8cm x 2cm each)


Necklace: 56 Grams, Bracelet: 36 Grams


Sterling Mexico Hech en Initials HT in a circle (the initials are no longer very vivisble so it H and something else)


Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no holes or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Links are all sturdy. There is mild colour variance across the stone on the bracelet and one crack to the inlay on one link of the bracelet but the stone is very secure, none is missing and can only be seen under magnification (it is pictured for you to see). Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage set.

About this Piece

Chip Inlay

Chip inlay is a jewellery technique whereby cavities are carved into silver and filled with a mixture of crushed natural stone; typically turquoise, coral or lapis and an epoxy resin. Once the resin has cooled and hardened, it is polished smooth. The technique is popular in both Mexican and Native American jewellery - the colour often vibrant and the layers of crushed stone give a nice depth.

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.