Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a pair of sterling silver Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) enamel earrings. This design is called "Arabesque" and is her design number 5531. It features a black enamel background edged with textured yellow enamel. Within the black enamel background of the pieces, there are yellow, deep orange, purple and turquoise textured enamels making the design dramatic and colorful. A total of 5 different enamel colors, along with varying shades of these enamels. The earrings are piece is 2-1/4" long X 1-1/16" wide (maximum) and together the earrings weigh 28.6 grams. They are made for pierced ears. The inside of one earrings is marked "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" and the second is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "5531". The stamps are not precise. The enamel is in excellent condition.
The technique used on these earrings is champleve enamel. This type of enamel is produced when cells in the piece are filled with vitreous enamels and then fired to produce rich colors and depths. Each color must be fired at different temperatures to produce the effects desired, so each piece could be fired a number of times. 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. We will note any actual loss of enamel. This piece features Margot de Taxco enameling techniques which will show varying depths of colors that is part of the beauty of these pieces.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling". The earrings may have been originally screw backs, but are now for pierced ears.
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. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
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