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Mexican Aventurine Carved Mayan Mask Necklace

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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Early Mexican handcrafted necklace, circa 1930's - 1940's this unusual and spectacular vintage necklace is hand carved mask - of either aventurine or 'green obsidian' (not a stone but an early art glass). The focal point is a large pendant in a sterling silver rope and repoussé ball setting, there are six matching carved links and a handmade sterling silver link chain with a simple j clasp. This an amazing old statement necklace for anyone who loves bold and unusual jewellery.

Item Details


43cm Long. Main pendant is 5cm x 4.5cm. Smaller links are 1.6cm x 4cm each.


52 Grams


Sterling Mexico


Art Glass, Aventurine, Sterling Silver

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. There are two small flaws on the pendant BACK ONLY , in each top corner. It is very minor and as it is under the lip of the silver frame it is a production flaw not damage, not visible on (see zoom). Has a handcrafted look to it - spectacular vintage piece

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.