1940's Mexican Thistle Flower Sterling Silver Natural Amethyst Bracelet
Made in Mexico during the 1940's, the design of this bracelet strikes a beautiful balance between feminine and masculine. Finely crafted with sturdy sterling links, this piece has an edgy look tempered by what appears to be a floral design, perhaps a Mexican purple thistle. Framed by silver "petals", the natural amethysts accenting each link are smooth and domed in shape, jutting outward from their base for a striking silhouette when worn.
Excellent. This piece is fresh looking and was well taken care of, the minimal amounts of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* The silver has a bright patina without any dents and a modest amount of surface wear.
* There is one small break in the silver to a connecting link, the link is still secure and it is only noticeable from the back.
* There are no cracks or chips to the amethyst and the surfaces are smooth and gleaming.
* There are no other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
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Clasp Secure, and original.
Weight 44 grams
Material Sterling silver, natural amethyst
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.