Possibly the most "classic" in the Mexican Deco jewelry design index, the "hand and tulip" is steeped in the Spanish Colonial tradition and in its 20th c. revival closely associated with William Spratling. Beloved in the Victorian era, the specific design seems to enjoy timeless appeal on both sides of the Atlantic and in its Mexican version instead of a rose, the hand proffers a carved amethyst tulip. Executed en repoussage and anonymous in our case, it ends in an ornate "lace" cuff that seems to be emerging from a sea of satin ribbon. The brooch measures 2 1/4" long by 1 3/8" wide (at the ribbon part) and weighs 20.3 grams. It is simply marked "STERLING MEXICO"and dates in the pre-1948 period. It is in excellent vintage condition with a big, rich purple carved amethyst, very nicely executed repoussage, with no damage in the stone nor the silver work and good patina.