classic Mexican Deco silver and “jade” bead Necklace

on Oct 31, 2018 in archived

Habitually referred to as “Mexican jade” the green stone beads in this early Deco necklace are in fact dyed calcite. They are alternated with hand-made sterling beads to form a classy, timelessly elegant choker that, in our case, is also generous enough in length. I love the color variation in the striations of the stone and the tell-tale signs of the silversmith’s hand as he worked the silver beads. All strung on metal chain (it could be silver but I don’t have enough space to properly test), all of the same diameter more or less, all in excellent condition…


Size/Weight: 17 1/8″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier approx. 17 5/8″); diameter of silver beads 1/2″; diameter of stone beads slightly bigger or similar; 82.8 grams

Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “SILVER MEXICO”; 1920s-30s

Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful color variation and striations in the dyed calcite, great patina in the silver beads, very good length and no damage or repairs noted



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