Dramatic green onyx Aztec mask Mexican bracelet
Gorgeous and stately, this chunky vintage Mexican bracelet has eight alternating panels of carved green onyx Aztec masks/warrior faces and rectangular slabs with twisted wire wrapped detailing. This is a classic mid century piece- in great condition with age appropriate patina and all the characteristics of something well loved. Has some age spots but no chips or cracks on the onyx and a smoothly functioning clasp (simple flat box tongue slide). Hallmarked on the clasp with its place of origin- Taxco- this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase not only a statement silver bracelet, but one crafted in Mexican mecca of silversmithing with a rich history (see "Triva" below).
Composition: Sterling silver and Green Onyx.
Stamped: Sterling 925 Taxco.
Measurements: 19 cms wearable length (i.e. not including the tongue of the clasp) and 3 cms at the widest.
Weight: 69.46 gms.
Country of origin: Taxco, Mexico
Trivia: Taxco de Alarcón (usually referred to as simply Taxco) is a small city and administrative center 106 miles southwest of Mexico City. The city is heavily associated with silver, both with the mining of it and other metals and for the crafting of it into jewelry, silverware and other items. Silversmithing was reinvigorated in Taxco by an American William Spratling, who moved to the town in the 1920s, creating silver design workshops and exported items, mostly to the United States. With its fame for silversmithing, tourism became a major economic force in Taxco which is now on a "must visit" list of every jewellery lover.
Please note: All the jewellery in this collection is vintage, and thus neither new nor in mint condition. Wear, dents, scratches, oxidation etc. are in keeping with the age of the jewellery.
All the jewellery has been gently cleaned to remove surface dirt and oils but not the patina- which in our view adds immensely to the appeal of vintage pieces. While in great condition (none of the jewellery is broken/chipped/in need of repair), all were previously owned by someone else, and while not perfect each is full of old history and charm. Please use accompanying photographs to make your decision and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchase. It is also worth reminding that since the jewellery is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.