Vintage Handcrafted Mexico Multi Gem Stone & Sterling Silver Butterfly Cuff Bracelet
Vintage handcrafted Mexico-made butterfly inlay cuff bracelet with sterling silver metal base. Butterfly design features onyx, abalone, & Mother of Pearl inlay stones. The metal has been tested for being sterling (925 parts per 1000). The cuff bracelet is signed ‘Mexico’ on the inside of the metal base.
Measurements: 3” inches Long and is expandable
Weight: 22.8 grams
Cuff bracelet is in very good vintage condition with minor patina & wear to sterling metal base
The necklace is signed ‘Mexico’
History: Inlay work in accessories has been created for thousands of years. The method includes hand cutting gemstones to fit into the metal base channels, then carefully glued. The gems are grounded, sanded ,& polished to fit without falling out due to the angle placed within the metal channel. Southwestern cultures that have perfected this artistry includes the Navajo Tribe & The Zuni Native Americans of New Mexico.
Mexico was home to many Spanish-owned silver mines beginning in the 16th century. During this time, many Native Southwestern cultures began to learn the silversmith trade and use silver to create jewelry. Silver jewelry made In Mexico were highly sought after pieces in the early to mid 20th century. Mexico saw an increase in tourism during the 1920s, and the production of handcrafted silver jewelry was in high demand. Along with the tourist surge, archaeology-inspired designs were popular due to immense artifact research & history fascination. Mexican jewelry combined the pre-Hispanic bold decorations of tribes like the Aztec with colorful Spanish influenced artwork.