Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver mid-century modern inlaid mosaic necklace and earrings demi-parure from Taxco Mexico circa 1948-1955. The inlaid mixed stone pieces are accented by silver edging. The stone used is jasper, azurite, turquoise and other polished stone and is an autumn color mixture of greens, golds, and browns. This piece is fashioned with 13 festoon, bow shaped, semi-circular plaques. Each of these are attached on the reverse in the middle of the plaque by loops. Each individual plaque is 1-1/8” wide X 7/16” wide. There is a hook and eye closure. The necklace is 16” long and weighs 42.5 grams. The earrings are a single bow shaped plaque with screw back fixtures. Together, they weigh 7.5 grams. The necklace has an old style Eagle 20 mark. The earring fixtures are marked “Mexico” + “Silver” and one earring has an older Eagle 20 mark (indistinct).
Mosaic style jewelry became popular in Mexican jewelry about 1950 and continued through 1965. The procedures to make this necklace were adapted from Aztec techniques. It is created from a silver base with raised contours outlining the piece and inlaying pieces of stone. Since this technique requires a precise and expert craftsman because the stone inlay is relatively thin and brittle, it was expensive and time consuming to produce. There may be gaps in the inlay which is common for this technique.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. It is marked “Silver”, but has been tested as Sterling.
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect. The jewelry shows age appropriate tarnish.
Interesting Inlaid Stone Mid-Century Modern Demi Parure c. 1955