There is something so attractive about black onyx against silver, they contrast and pop against each other. These beautiful earrings from the 1940s were crafted in Taxco, Mexico, which creates some of the world’s best silver pieces. The non-pierced, screw back earrings feature two large cabochons of onyx, bezel-set into silver and accentuated with silver ropework and bead detailing.
Taxco silver is highly coveted and collectible with a high quality of craftsmanship in each piece. Taxco is a tiny town between Acapulco and Mexico City with a long mining history. In the late 1920s, a highway finally extended to Taxco which enabled William Spratling, a gentleman from the US, to find the town and discover the potential in the artisan community. He invited great metalsmiths to join him in apprenticing young artists, and the world took notice of the divine craftsmanship in the jewelry produced.
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The earrings are in very good vintage condition with minimal signs of wear. The surface of the silver has fine lines and marks but nothing distracting or noticeable. The silver was recently polished, and you can see dark patina in areas where it is difficult to clean. I have not polished the earrings but would be happy to shine them up for you. The backs are stamped AVM, MEXICO 925 and possible DF. The screw backs are fully functional and secure the earrings to your ear. I examined the onyx.
The earrings measure 3/4″ tall 7/8″ wide.
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