This handmade bracelet feels even better than it looks. The materials and craftsmanship are superb. Silky smooth, heavy silver with richly colored stone insets that may be synthetic opal (lab created since the 1930s) or faux opal (bits of foil set in clear resin). Beautifully detailed, with a simple clasp that snaps securely into place with no mechanism of any kind.
This "pre-eagle" piece was made before Mexico adopted the Eagle hallmarking system in 1948. It most likely comes from Taxco or Mexico City, both renowned for their silver artisans. Made of real silver, with a purity rating between 0.90 and 0.95 (equivalent to Sterling).
From the 1930s or 40s, possibly earlier, and the Betty McC estate.
Thanks to Jeweler Artist Linda Summers for her gracious assistance in evaluating this piece. She is an expert in vintage and modern Mexican and ethnic jewelry. Browse her hand-made, vintage and collectible jewelry here.
Labels: SILVER MEXICO
(this item is genuine silver. we have not had it tested for purity, but it should be between 0.900 and 0.950. sterling silver is 0.925)
Condition: no flaws to note beyond basic gentle all-over wear and some minor tarnish. we gave it a gentle going over with a soft hand polishing cloth to bring out the luster and show the details
Dimensions: 7" (7.55cm) long, 1-1/8" (2.75cm) wide,
each of the eight sections measures 7/8" (2cm) from hinge to hinge
(my wrist measures 6-1/8" just above the wrist bone, and the bracelet fits me very well, with just a bit of room to spare)
(BDV SKU: 00445-010)
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