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This is an unsigned vintage Mexican brooch of silver and glass ‘amethyst’ cabochons in a double-swirl design. The roundness of the amethysts is echoed by a centre dome and small balls at the end of stamen-like wires shadowing the swirl of the brooch. It has good depth and dimension creating a strong play of light along the curls, enhanced by a glowing patina. It has a basic safety clasp and hinge with some gold-tone areas – possibly a silvered (and stronger) base metal, or discoloured by solder splash.
The simple “Sterling Mexico” mark dates the brooch to before 1948, and the lack of a maker’s mark adds it to the countless pieces of unsigned pre-1948 Mexican jewellery. Though unsigned, the amethysts make this a “classically Mexican” piece as they were often used by well-known as well as anonymous Mexican silversmiths.
Dimensions: 6.5 cm wide by 3 cm high (2.6″ by 1.2″)
Marks: Circular stamp of “STERLING MEXICO“; no maker’s mark.
Condition: Very good, with no damage to the glass cabochons and a secure clasp.
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