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SOLD Vintage 40s Mexican Art Deco Green Onyx Turban Mask Silver Alpaca Bracelet

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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AMAZING Mexican Art Deco Bracelet

Totally stunning Mexican vintage statement bracelet. Five incredible box links of silver (either alpaca or coin silver) with very unusual square repoussé setting with flat rope details between each link. At the centre of each is an amazing carved green stone face (either dyed green onyx or chalcedony) each with a turban and silver repousse jewel and earring details. Tab clasp that closes with a crisp click. This is a FANTASTIC motif for anyone who likes unusual jewellery, circa 1940's.

Item Details


Wearable Length 19cm x 3cm (1.3 cm high)


47 Grams


ALPACA MEXICO in a circle and initials too too worn to read


Alpaca, Green Onyx

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings, 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

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.

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.