1980s Mexican Sterling Silver Malachite Lapis Turquoise HEART Inlay Bracelet
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own unique history.
This sterling silver bracelet, made in Mexico during the 1980s, has a charming heart design made even sweeter by inset semi-precious gemstones. Each heart highlights a different stone and is unique for its colorful rainbow effect.
Excellent. This piece must have been tucked away and well taken care of. Fresh looking, soft signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape.
* Stones are smooth and gleaming with no chips or surface wear.
* Inlay is smooth and flush without any loosening or gaps.
Length 7 5/8"
Mark See photo
Clasp Secure, and original
Weight 38 grams
Material Sterling silver, natural onyx, malachite, lapis, turquoise and more
How it Feels On
There is nothing like holding vintage and antique jewelry in your hand, so we do our best to recreate the experience.
The heart links are elongated and slightly curved, so the bracelet has a smooth and tactile drape across your wrist when worn. Finely crafted, the inlay has a smooth and flush feel as you run your finger across the top of the heart.
On Figurals. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed "day in the life" scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time periods, Scotty dogs during the 1940's for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era. Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in.
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.