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.
Buyer to pay $6.95 delivery charges. Shipping is from Nevada.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT POSSIBLE PARTIAL REFUND OF SHIPPING CHARGES:
Every January the U.S. Postal Service increases the shipping prices. This year's increase is beyond any we've seen in previous years. Before the 2019 increase, shipping costs were based on weight. A package weighing less than one pound cost the same amount regardless if it was mailed 2 miles away, or from coast to coast. Packages weighing over 1 pound were priced by what the destination zipcode was.
Now, the postal service has divided the United States in to 8 zones and all packages are charged by weight, size, and destination zone. Now it is not possible to state a shipping cost and have it be valid regardless if the package is traveling 2 miles or all the way to the east coast. I am in Nevada and probably 90% of the packages I mail go eastward, and a majority of them go all the way to the east coast.
To complicate this even further, Google will not show items for sale unless they have a designated cost, or unless the seller uses calculated shipping. My web host is not equipped to figure calculated shipping, so I have to quote a shipping charge using the east coast as the final destination and then refund over payments. When I return the overage, I usually do so by including cash inside the package when it's shipped. My feedback page will show verification that I do return overpayments.
As a buyer, there are two choices. If you over pay on the shipping charges, I refund an appropriate amount to cover the over payment OR if you'd like to send me a message stating your zip code and the item you are interested in, I can quote you an exact shipping charge and send you a custom invoice with an accurate shipping charge.
About Combined Shipping:
I do combine shipping on multiple items purchased, but as stated above, my web host is not set up to calculate multiple item shipping costs. At checkout, you will be charged full shipping price on each item purchased and I will refund the appropriate amount of over payment. If you are uncomfortable with that, send me a message with your zip code and stating which items you'll be purchasing and I'll calculate the correct combined shipping charges and send you a custom invoice.
Due to claims that merchandise is not being received at various international countries (although Customs tracking verifies the delivery), I will no longer be able to process international orders unless payment is made with U.S. currency, including conversion fees. Orders will be processed after funds have cleared a U.S. bank. PAYPAL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR INTERNATIONAL PURCHASES. Seller reserves the right to void any international transactions where contact has not been made prior to purchasing.
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.