1940s Early Mexican Sterling Silver Carved Aztec Face Wide Bracelet
Bold silver links showcase an Aztec face, carved from natural agate (dyed green), jutting outward from the full-sized and weighty sterling setting. Made during the 1940s, this piece is a refined example of Mexican craftsmanship. While the links are dimensional and dense, they are well made and pivot smoothly so the bracelet wraps seamlessly for a comfortable fit.
Condition Guide Excellent. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the soft signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* The silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface scratching and no dents or misshapen spots.
* The stones have no chips or surface wear and the carving is still crisp and distinct.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Width 1 1/8"
Mark See photo
Clasp Secure, and original
Weight 60 grams
Material Sterling Silver, natural stone
On Mexican Silver. The tradition of Mexican silver jewelry began when the Spanish conquered the region and taught the native peoples the craft of silverwork. Yet, much of Mexican silver jewelry actually dates to the early- to mid-20th century, when the distinctive style came into its own: silver pieces with a handmade, almost primitive look and feel, bold and chunky designs, and the use of bright, natural gemstones like turquoise and amethysts (often chosen for organic patterning). The draw of Mexican silver jewelry comes from its artisan roots, every piece with a considered and visceral feel.
On Handmade or Hand-Carved Jewelry. Handmade or hand-carved jewelry is valued because it is, by default, one of a kind. Unlike machine-made pieces, a handmade piece can never be replicated in the exact same way, and so they will always reveal the at-the-moment intent of the individual maker. Often, the pieces have a distinctively visceral feel, as though you can sense the painstaking labor that went into every aspect.