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SOLD Vintage 40's SPECTACULAR Sterling Silver Abalone Mexico Mexican Necklace

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1940's Mexican Abalone Necklace

Amazing, long and large Mexican sterling silver necklace. Hand crafted c.1940's (pre eagle) this spectacular necklace had a safety tab clasp that closes with a crisp click, a series of repousse balld and hand crafted chain at the nape, and six abalone fan shaped links with repoussé borders and a large disc pendant at the centre with repousse details. Lovely abalone, really works with the setting, casts a silvery blue sheen. Very nicely made, a fine piece of craftsmanship, would make a lovely gift.


Item Details


Length: 38cm Excluding Pendant, Pendant is 4.5cm x 4.8cm, Fan Links are 2.5cm x 2.5cm


33 Grams


A.C.E 925 Sterling inside a circle that says Guaranteed Mexico

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 single pinhead ding on one of the repoussé balls at the back of the necklace - amazing condition particularly for its age.

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.