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Midnight1208's loves683 of 1029Vintage Aztec Figural Brooch Made of Sterling SilverSTERLING SILVER JADE MEXICAN PENDANT AZTEC MAYAN 3.5 INCHES
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    Posted 5 years ago

    valentino97
    (720 items)

    Recent online purchase, approximately .75" Mexico mask earrings. Nice color. Backs are marked STERLING MEXICO and ear clasps have been replaced.

    I have looked through some research books - plus online! The stone is described more than one way: dyed onyx, travertine, aventurine, Mexican "jade", green stone and serpentine (which is jade right?). So, it's still not 100% clear what the stone is. But definitely not glass or man-made. One of the sources was helpful stating that STERLING MEXICO is an older pre-1950 mark.

    My opinion? The research books were beautiful but also disappointing since they only covered known designers. So much amazing work - thank you Mexico! Truly beautiful jewelry - but who made it? That is the mystery.

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    Comments

    1. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Thank you aura, midnight, mike and kevin for your fast loves.
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Think there was a brooch similar I ran across yesterday posted on CW. Very nice earrings! :)
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Hi Katherine - yes, I saw it. The green might be dyed but definitely not glass or onyx. I'm still searching for a similar design. Thanks for your nice comment!

      Thanks everyone: Martika, Ken, Bonnie Miss Share and Phil for your loves.
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Beautiful Valentino! I would say unpolished malakite, or just polished on the surface. That's my guess. Look at this photo: https://sv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Malachite_Kolwezi_Katanga_Congo.jpg
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      But it would take a skilled artist not to cut too deap...
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Hi Elisabeth and thanks for your comments. The properties of the stone (feel, shine and opacity) is more like onyx. In fact look at my bracelet again, it's more like this onyx stone:
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/132876-1940s-bracelet-white-onyx-and-sterling-m

      I know malachite is found in Mexican jewelry - and as much green as I have I don't own any Mexican jewelry with it! Wonder why? Maybe because I prefer this shade of green.

      Thanks also to my CW friends for the loves.
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Dear Mary, I believe you believe it´s onyx and it probably is then :). Wonderful bracelet!
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Oh thanks Elisabeth! Also, malachite has a different feel, shine - a different hardness to the stone. I think you already got that ha ha, sorry if I keep going on. I'm still trying to find out what the ATA and Bell mark means on your beautiful necklace.
    9. freiheit freiheit, 5 years ago
      Hi Mary, I just saw your earrings. The stone is different but I think they go back to the same time as the bracelet I just posted:)
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Hi Gudrun - hey, same happens to me! I think these are as old as your most recent bracelet 1940's, but the workmanship is very different. All that means is they came from different workshops. I had 2 very good research books from the library but our items weren't "special enough???" to be featured so we're still in the dark. I love your Easter gift!

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