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SOLD Mexican Huge Abalone Inlay Brooch or Necklace

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Amazing HUGE handmade sterling silver brooch and pendant necklace. Handcrafted in Mexico, circa 1950's - 1960's, this oversize brooch/pendant in hand hammered sterling silver, inlaid with pretty pink and green abalone shell and a mayan figure in silver at the centre. Safety clasp back and a pendant loop, it is threaded on a sterling rope choker (also vintage but not as old ) so you can wear as either a brooch or oversize pendant choker, beautiful work and unusual vintage piece.

Item Details


Choker 38.5 Pendant/Brooch 7.5cm x 7.5cm


26 Grams


Plata (silver) 925, A name partially worn off that looks like LARO and an Eagle 2 Stamp.


Abalone, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, abalone is crazed as is common with this type of inlay but no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage necklace.

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.

Mexican Tribal Mask

The carved tribal mask was popularised in the Art Deco period in Mexican jewellery. Inspired by the pre-columbian Aztec and Mayan civilisations and carved out of various stones - onyx, calcite, amethyst, tiger's eye, sometimes cast in bronze or copper - the mask features in necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets.