Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Los Castillo mid-century pair of "Metales Casados" silver and copper cufflinks c. 1955. These links feature a combination of metals or "married metals" that was introduced during the Golden age of Taxco jewelry in the 1950's. It is a time consuming and difficult process and was executed by only the most skilled jewelers. These round cuff links have an inner circle of copper surrounded by sterling silver. The swivel and flip toggle backs are also silver. They are 3/4" round and weigh 15.3 grams. The reverse of one is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + the Eagle 15 mark. The other link is marked "Hecho en Mexico" + "92".
The Los Castillo workshop was founded in Taxco Mexico in 1939 by the Castillo brothers, Antonio, Coco and Chato, along with Antonio's wife Margot van Voorhies Carr (later Margot de Taxco), and their cousin Salvador Teran. The brothers worked for William Spratling during the 1930's. Los Castillo produced "Metales Casados" or "married metals" from about 1955 to 1965. Los Castillo is still in business and is the longest continuously operating silversmith in Taxco. Design and craftsmanship have always been a hallmark of the workshop.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "925" for sterling silver (925/1000).
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.
Crisp Los Castillo Metales Casado Cufflinks c. 1955