The artist who made this brooch did a great job of using mixed metals and inlay to create a wonderfully expressive serpent. The brooch is silver with turquoise inlay along the body and top of the head. The eye is copper and in the mouth is a copper disk. Surrounding the copper of the eye and in the mouth is an inlay of a black composite material that is gently rounded which adds some highlights and three-dimensionality to the brooch.
Size: This brooch is long (as a serpent should be!): 3-1/8" long x 3/4" high at the head.
Marks: "Sterling" "925" "Taxco" and a mark that appears to be "GRO" which stands for "Guerrero" the state in which Taxco is located.
Condition: Excellent vintage condition. There is a tiny (1/2 mm) gap where the black composite in the mouth is pulled away from the silver. This may be original to the piece or may be a tiny chip, I can't tell for sure, but it does not take away from the beauty of the piece.
Vintage and Antique Jewelry and Accessories Selected with an Architect's Eye
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