Vintage amethyst & sterling silver beaded necklace designed and signed circa 1930-40 by American & Taxco, Mexico artist William Spratling(1900-67). Necklace measures 21 inches long and is comprised of 48 graduated handmade sterling silver beads. The central element of the design measures 5 inches across. The center bezel set amethyst cabochon is 1 1/4" in diameter and suspended from two silver hands. Necklace weight is 69 grams, 2.4 oz. Fully hallmarked on the reverse of central stone and also on the clasp. Beautiful condition with no dents or dings to silver, no chips or cracks to the stones. This design is pictured on p. 40 of MEXICAN SILVER by Penny Morrill and Carole Berk. Also pictured on Phyllis Goddards' website spratlingsilver.com. Spratling designs are the central focus of the 20th Century Mexican Silver collection in the Latin American Wing at Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA.