This vintage cross and chain came from an estate sale in Northern California. Once polished, it will be a beautiful addition to your antique jewelry collection. It has a wonderful patina built up and I will leave that for the new owner to see. I did use a polishing cloth on the area on the back where the hallmark is so that I could see what it said.
The cross measures 3.25 by 2.5 inches and has 5 bezel set cabochon malachite stones measuring about 3/8ths by 1/2 inch. The edges are decorated by an elaborate rope design. There are several content stamps and hallmarks on the back including 'taxco" and 'sterling 925'. The back also has an eagle with the number 47 plus the famous Ballesteros fancy 'B" hallmark.
The bail at the top of the cross is signed Talleres De Los Ballesteros (although all of the name did not fit onto the bail) and also has the 'B" logo. Los Ballesteros was a family business in Mexico which began in 1937 by Jalil Ballesteros. They only produced handmade jewelry. Even today, they are considered one of the most important companies producing jewelry and silversmithing in Mexico.
Most Mexico jewelry like this is estimated to be 1940s. The hallmarks and stamps present on the cross and on the chain are worn, so this has definitely been around for a very long time.
The chain, unclasped and opened, measures 25.5 inches long. The chain is marked 'Hecho in Mexico'. I do not see a sterling stamp. I did do the magnet test and it did not stick, so I'm fairly confident that it is also sterling (but just can't promise).
It will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail. The package will be insured and will require a signature for delivery. Since these safeguards are for the protection of us both, I split that cost with the buyer.
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All items in my listings come from either estate or garage sales. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.