Directly out of the Spanish Colonial tradition that infused Mexican folk art with Christian symbolism, this Deco silver necklace features a big carved flaming "sacred heart” as its central station. A very popular milagro design, the flaming heart represents the “sacre coeur” of Catholicism, Jesus’s divine love for all humanity. Carved out of luscious green Mexican “jade” the heart in our necklace is truly a small sculpture whose color variation is mirrored in the two big cabs flanking it. Thick silver links in the “archeological” style and smaller ones with beading complete the silver work that frames the stones. Very rare to find and breath-takingly beautiful, the necklace is 15 3/4″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 16 1/2″; can easily accept an extender) while the span of its central part from cab to cab is 7″. The heart station itself is 2″ tall by 1 1/2″ at its widest and the whole piece weighs in at an impressive 93.5 grams. It is simply marked “MADE IN MEXICO” yet has been tested and is guaranteed to be of at least sterling quality, if not better. It dates in the 1930s-40s
and is in excellent vintage condition with a gorgeously carved “flaming heart”, thick silver links with great patina, very impressive visually with no damage nor any repairs noted.