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Precioso - Art Deco Mexican Sterling Silver Green Onyx Necklace. This gorgeous necklace is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked STERLING and MEXICO on the clasp. Featuring 5 genuine pear shaped green onyx, quality silver work and exquisite styling. The expertly bezel set green onyx are featured throughout this stunning necklace, displayed after every 3 silver drops. The central drop has a silver drop with an additional onyx gem, allowing the necklace to have nice movement. It is a handmade piece with a lot of attention to detail and style. The chain is sturdy and substantial, whilst the clasp is simple and in perfect working order with original crisp hallmarks. This stunning Art Deco piece is truly a necklace to be treasured and enjoyed for many years to come.
Note: When the Spanish colonized Mexico in the first half of the 16th century, much of the pre-Hispanic jewelry was collected and melted for the Spanish crown. Indigenous craftsman were taught new techniques while artist's guilds were established for the purposes of taxation and quality control. Given the strict standards to which both indigenous and itinerant jewelers were held, there was little room for individuality or artistic expression. That all changed when Mexico won independence from Spain in 1810. New techniques were popularized and the colonial baroque designs of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were superseded by less formal, more intimate, whimsical designs. Nowhere was this artistic spontaneity more apparent than in the state of Oaxaca. The art of filigree, a technique introduced to Mexico by Spanish colonists, consists of curling and twisting pliable gold or silver threads and then uniting them with molten flux, borax, and a blow-pipe. This art form, having quickly gained traction in Guerrero, Michoacan, and Oaxaca, was also utilized for the manufacturing of earrings. As artisans became more proficient, their creations were further embellished with fresh water pearls, seed pearls, coral, granulated work, and sometimes semi-precious stones. This wonderful piece is an Art Deco Etruscan Revival piece, often seen in Victorian jewelry, however the technique used in this particular necklace is from the 1940s.
Measurements: Necklace 17" Onyx Drop 26mm x 10mm Silver Drop 22mm x 10mm
Stone Size: Onyx (Green) 17mm x 8mm each
Weight: 46.36 grams
Origin: Mexico, Taxco
Date :1940s Note : This hallmark was used pre 1948