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Vintage Mexican Onyx Art Deco Bracelet

Lovely Mexican silver vintage statement bracelet. Elegant design, classic Art Deco/modernist with raised repousse cylinder links separated by squares of onyx inlay.

This is marked sterling but the silver has a yellower tinge often indicative of a slightly lower silver content (900 coin silver). either way, classic piece of Mexican Art Deco jewellery.

Eight links, tab closes with a crisp click.

Item Details


Wearable Length 19cm x 1.5cm (1cm high)


40 grams


Mexico Guad 925 in a circle

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, could do with a proper clean some surface marks, see pics, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage piece.

About this Piece

Modernist Jewellery

Modernist jewellery was produced around the 1930's to the 1960's. It was essentially a rejection of the styles that came before it; the decorative quality of Victorian jewellery, the fussiness of Art Nouvea and the rigidity of Art Deco. It was an embrace of straight clean lines and intersecting curves. "The Modernists free thinkers and artists who broke away from the mainstream of jewelry design and looked to the fine arts for inspiration - they were Surrealists, Cubists, and Abstract Expressionists acting as sculptors in small scale, painters in enamels, and architects in miniature." (Schon: Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960: The Wearable Art Movement)

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.