vintage Taxco MEXICAN silver and obsidian BRACELET mod 40s Clamshell design

on Aug 18, 2014 in archived


Taxco clamshell jewelry – named such because of their applied shell-form medallions that usually hold a carved or polished stone – are a quintessentially mod genre in the world of vintage Mexican silver jewelry. I love them for their heft, their slick minimalism and the splash of unexpected color that usually emanates from their stones. Yet here it’s dark obsidian that anchors this piece. A volcanic type of glass, obsidian is very hard to carve and when the light hits it at the right angle it reveals shimmering golden brown depths.

Sterling and glistening black stone – a classic combination that defies the passage of time…


Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1″ and 1/2″; clamshell applique at center front is 1  5/8″ square; 87.4 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “”HECHO EN MEXICO D.F.” and “STERLING 925”; 1940s

Condition: excellent vintage with a gorgeous polished obsidian stone and great patina



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