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Mexican Etruscan Revival Malachite Necklace

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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Amazing Mexican Malachite Etruscan Revival Necklace

Very nicely made, mid century, Mexican sterling silver necklace. Hand crafted in Cuernavaca, Mexico circa 1950's. This necklace is in the Etruscan Reviv al style with detailed Cannetille silver work (a close relative of filigree work). Fantastic carved and unpolished malachite beads and detailed links. Secure tab clasp and gorgeous centrpiece with finely crafted silver work and dangled beadwork. A fine and unusual example old Mexican jewellery.

Item Details


Approx 46cm long (excluding centre pendant which is 3.2cm x 7.5cm). Good for most sized necks.


47 Grams


Cuernavaca R.D Hecho en Mexico Eagle 108 925


Malachite, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, there are some uneven colours patches on the alpaca on the reverse only, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste 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.

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.