1940s Early Mexican Sterling Silver Natural Onyx Bracelet
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Onyx stones are smooth and gleaming with no chips or surface wear.
* Clasp is secure and original.
Length 7 1/4"
Width Just under 3/4"
Mark See photo
Weight 41 grams
Material Sterling silver, natural onyx
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Classical early Mexican design with domes of silver and natural onyx that catch and cast light.
* Finely crafted the links drape nicely over your wrist with a quality weight and feel when worn.
* Excellent condition showcases the design detail and quality of construction.
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 Regional Jewelry. Throughout history, regions have developed their own distinctive styles of jewelry with techniques that are passed down through generations. Because each region shared the same techniques, materials, knowledge, and craftspeople, the style of each region becomes incredibly recognizable, almost like a designer. However, regional jewelry is made by different artisans, so each piece feels subtly different. For example, Austro-Hungarian jewelry is a recognizable category of jewelry, known by its style, motifs, construction, and materials. Collectors can favor regional jewelry for the clear history and distinct location that can be assigned to the piece.