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SOLD Vintage 1980's Fine Silver Malachite Inlay Necklaces

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Lovely quality Mexican, Taxco vintage 950 silver necklace. This is a very heavy, quality silver necklace, the malachite is a bright green and in substantial links all the way to the nape. Finely crafted inlay, collar necklace with a tab claps that locks with a crisp click - a heavy gauge of fine silver and exceptional quality.

Item Details


Wearable Length 40.4cm (Centrepiece is 9cm x 1.5cm)


89 Grams


TS-233 950


Malachite, 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, there are some natural streaks and bubbles in the stone (these are clearly in the original stone as they are polished over - rather than flaws or wear - see pics) - amazing vintage necklace.

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.

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.