Antique Taxco Mexico Malachite Sterling Pendant
Beautiful antique early 20th century hand-crafted malachite chip & sterling silver pendant. Pendant was created in Taxco, Mexico. The pendant has been tested for being .925 sterling silver.
Measurements: Pendant measures 1.25” long and 1.06” wide.
Weight: 4 grams
Condition: Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear. Tarnishing and slight damage to back of the pendant, but not noticeable when worn. There are a few malachite stone chips missing, but not noticeable when worn. Pendant has attached jump ring but no bale. Price has been reduced to reflect this.
The pendant is unsigned.
History: Taxco Mexico is known for producing fine sterling silver jewelry and has a rich history of silver making. The Aztecs were among the first to create adornments from sterling silver. In the 1920's an American artist named William Spratling moved to Taxco and began to create pre-Colombian and Aztec art inspired jewelry. Aspiring artisans began apprenticing under Spratling, and eventually he began an apprenticeship program that trained famous silversmiths. Presently, the Taxco silversmith tradition is still carried on by the local artisan community.