Not only a necklace but a beautiful piece of Mexican Copper art. This pendant is 3" from top to bottom teardrop shape and features a carved stone face in the center with colorful enamel and copper overly decoration. Edge is hand hammered. The enamel is in good condition with only a couple of spots of wear. This is signed on the back "Cobre" which means "copper" Heucho in Mexico. A great piece for your collection ! Many items including jewelry were made in Santa Clara del Cobre in Mexico where coppersmithing was a high art started by rthe Aztecs.
A number of years ago, we purchased the entire inventory of a southwestern jewelry shop estate. Most of the items were pre-1979 and some older. Much of the stock was new still in old inventory wrappings. We have had some beautiful pieces come out of this inventory and still have more to unwrap and offer to those of you who love Mexican jewelry. The designs and styles are endless and all most of the items need is a good polish and somewhere to be displayed and worn.
FAQ - TAXCO - As early as the 1920's, a small town located midway between Mexico City and Acapulco became a tourist destination for items made from sterling silver. Some makers incorporated the city name "Taxco" into their shop name. Small silver shops dotted thet village and some remain today.
Most Mexican jewelry can be date identified by the various marks required by the government. Between 1946 -1979 an eagle (quinto) was used to identify authentic sterling. Each piece had to be weighed and marked as genuine sterling by the assayer's office. In 1979 another method was devised using a two letter and number system to identify the town where the piece was made and the artists name along with a registration number for that particular artist. (TE-15 = made in Taxco by artist with E as (first or last) name and the 15th to register under the letter E.) I suggest reading more about vintage Mexican jewelry marks and what they mean in "The Little Book Of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks" by Bille Hougart.
Most of our items are vintage and are as acquired, unless we tell you otherwise. Therefore expect them to be in "Vintage" condition. We do not thoroughly clean our vintage jewelry, leaving that to the preferences of the buyer, and if there are any serious problems, flaws or noticeable repairs, we will try to note it in the description. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, we will always accept returns or otherwise try to make you a satisfied customer. Our return policy can be found at the top of the item page.
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