Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) dramatic enamel bracelet in the "Square Scroll" design circa 1955. The bracelet features 5 large + 1 smaller (designed for the clasp) square shaped plaques hinged together in a link style bracelet. The squares have have silver "dots" which are raised above the sterling silver creating a three dimensional effect . The bracelet is in yellow and black enamel background . Each of the bracelet plaques are 1 tall (maximum dimensions) X 1-1/4" wide (maximum dimensions) and the bracelet is 7-1/8" round. This piece features a box clasp with a spring ring and safety chain. The bracelet is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "5376" + the Eagle 16 mark. It weighs weighs 73.0 grams.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
Margot van Voorhies Carr, known as Margot de Taxco , was originally from San Francisco and moved to Taxco Mexico in the 1930's. She was married for a time to Antonio Castillos who was a partner in Los Castillo, a prominent silver manufacturer. She did a number of their designs in the late 30's and early 40's. Los Castillo continued to use her designs for a number of years. When she left the marriage and started her own jewelry production, she began with many of her basic Los Castillo designs and modified them to her own tastes. Some of Margot's early pieces and Los Castillo designs overlap. Later, her designs became key to her unique style.
Due to the various enamels and techniques used, there may be wear or discoloration of the enamel in spots. There may be surface scratches on the item. There are some discolorations of the enamel and "wear" to the surface (see photos). This piece also features Margot de Taxco enameling techniques which will show varying depths of colors that is part of the beauty of the piece.
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect. This piece has had a light cleaning, but does show some age appropriate tarnish.
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