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A classic William Spratling sterling silver "DNA" design necklace. One of Spratling's most popular jewelry designs was his signature "DNA" silver chain bracelets and necklaces. This is a beautiful example of his ingenious use of a barbell silver fob intertwined by oval links. A very comfortable piece to wear by itself or combined with other silver chains. This necklace is in excellent vintage condition with minimal surface scratches.

I was first introduced to Spratling jewelry in 1978 by a childhood friend who lived and worked on the Spratling Ranch in Taxco Mexico and later went on to own a Spratling affiliated store in Cancun Mexico. I purchased this necklace from her on one of my numerous visits to Mexico in the 1980's and they have been part of my collection since that time.

William Spratling was an American born silversmith and artist best known for his influence on 20th century Mexican silver design. In 1929 Spratling moved to Mexico and became a friend and strong proponent of the work of muralist Diego Rivera, for whom he organized an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Using money received from commissions he organized for Rivera, Spratling purchased a home in Taxco, southwest of Mexico City. The reputation for Spratling's silver designs grew and by 1940 he was selling his work throughout Mexico and the United States. He established a model for the artistic development and growth of the silver industry in Taxco and well deserved the title "Father of Contemporary Mexican Silver".

Necklace length: 18 inches with clasp closed
Weight: 77 grams
Hallmark: please see photo 5

Vintage William Spratling Sterling Silver DNA Necklace


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Material: sterling silver
  • Only ships within United States.
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