This is a gorgeous, vintage 1980s Taxco onyx and sterling silver cuff in a unique design. The large, black onyx cabochon is bezel set into sterling silver, which resembles a rib cage meets headdress. The eye is immediately drawn to the theatrical and feminine design!
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.
The cuff is in very good vintage condition with minimal signs of wear. The silver has a patina layer, which I have left unpolished, but would be happy to polish upon request. The cuff’s back is stamped “MEXICO TU-17 925 HG”, which means this was made by the 17th person with the initial U to register as an artist in Taxco. The 925 stands for sterling silver, and HG is the artists’ initials. The onyx is not cracked or chipped and is firmly set into the cuff. I tested the stone to make sure it wasn’t glass or plastic.
The bracelet measures 1-7/8″ tall and 7″ long.
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