1940s Eisenberg Original Aztec Brooch Sterling Silver with Green Onyx Mexico
Most collectors recognize the Eisenberg company for their "ice": sparkling costume replicas of 18th century fine jewelry and pieces liberally adorned with Swarovski crystal. However, in the 1940s, Eisenberg created a collection of sterling silver pieces in Mexico that featured Aztec inspired designs. Instead of the intricate detail and high sparkle of the usual Eisenberg creation, the beauty of this brooch relies on the rich color and deft carving of its large center gemstone. The bold face of the Aztec warrior is carved into Mexican jade, which is actually dyed onyx or calcite. The stone is prong-set in a ruffle edged sterling silver frame that perfectly complements its shape.
This brooch is in excellent condition. There are a few minor surface scratches on the face of the brooch, only visible on close examination. There is also one scratch on the back (probably the result of carving over an inclusion in the stone), see photos. Signed Eisenberg Original, hallmarked Made in Mexico, and Sterling. The absence of the Mexican eagle hallmark confirms that this piece dates to before 1948, when the eagle mark was mandated. Based on its materials and hallmark, this piece most likely dates from between 1943 and 1945. The brooch measures 2 5/8 inches in length by 2 1/8 inches wide and weighs 46.1 grams.