These striking large vintage Taxco Mexico cuff links are suitable for a man or a woman. They have a large round hardstone of black and salmon coloring and are bezel-set in sterling silver. The natural pattern of the stone with the pinkish splashes of color against the deep black background remind me of fireworks on a dark summer evening.
Each smooth stone measures 3 cm (1 1/8 inches) in diameter and the setting is approximately 7 mm tall.
The back of one of the cuff links has a makers mark "Taborda VR" for V.R. Taborda ( listed in Billie Hougart's The Little Book Of Mexican Trade And Silver Hallmarks, 3rd ed. p.183). They are also stamped "Taxco Mexico" and "925". The eagle mark with a "1", which is another mark used on sterling silver jewelry, denotes these were either made or sold in Mexico City. The setting tests as sterling silver. The crossbars are both marked "ALPACA" and therefore made of the base metal alloy. They weigh 21.2 grams together.
They are in excellent condition.