|Mexican Silver, Calcite Stone, 2” long x 1 5/8” wide|
|Flower Brooch, Sterling Silver, Unknown Blue Stone, 3” tall x 2 1/4” wide|
|Orchid Earrings, Mexico Silver, 1” diameter|
Look what I found at the local consignment shop this week. I just love this stuff - the almost primitive vibe it puts out, the obviously handmade look and feel. The fly brooch and orchid earrings are Mexican Silver according to the makers’ marks. The flower brooch has the swooping lines and spikey flower stones of some Mexican pieces but it just says “Sterling” on the back.
The fly brooch may have been made before 1948 - what collectors call "Pre-Eagle.”
According to the Adornments Unlimited website:
Silver jewelry made in Mexico prior to 1948 is termed "Pre-Eagle". Markings typically for the Pre-Eagle Mexican silver jewelry are as follows: "Mexico Silver", "Mexico Sterling", "Taxco Silver", or "Taxco Sterling". Usually when tested for silver content, these pieces have anywhere from 90% to 98% pure silver content. The very earliest "Pre-Eagle" pieces were made from melted silver coins and are around 90% silver content. These pieces are usually from the early 1930's. Pre-Eagle pieces are not usually marked with a maker's mark to denote what artist made them. If a piece is attributed to a particular maker, it is because subsequent pieces were marked with a maker’s mark.
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