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Big Crushed Turquoise Inlay Brooch

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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Lovely handcrafted, big Mexican sterling silver brooch with pendant loop if you would like to wear as a necklace. Crushed turquoise inlay with hand stamped pre-columbian stamped borders, made circa 60's - 70s, this is big gorgeous vintage brooch from Guadalajara.

Please note the colour is most correct in the last photo, it is a very true turquoise colour and the last pic to give an indication of size and colour only - matching earrings available separately if you are interested.

Item Details


5cm x 5cm


18 Grams


GUAD / Plata Del Jalisco / VHLC / 925 / Eagle 50


Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, there is a pin sized ding in the resin impossible to see without magnification, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - spectacular vintage condition.

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.

Chip Inlay

Chip inlay is a jewellery technique whereby cavities are carved into silver and filled with a mixture of crushed natural stone; typically turquoise, coral or lapis and an epoxy resin. Once the resin has cooled and hardened, it is polished smooth. The technique is popular in both Mexican and Native American jewellery - the colour often vibrant and the layers of crushed stone give a nice depth.