Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a pair of sterling silver earrings by Los Castillo of Taxco, design #695. This set is pre-Eagle (before 1948). The pieces feature stylized flowers with a central half dome set with a cabochon cut amethyst and surrounded by curling "leaves" and applied balls along one side of the "dome/flower". The amethyst stone is 12mm. round and is deep purple in color with some inclusions. An abstract look, these pieces suggest the influence of Margot de Taxco (Margot van Voorhies Carr). The earrings are 1" tall X 3/4" wide (maximum dimensions) and have screw back fixtures. The back of one earring is not original to this set, but has "Sterling" + "Taxco" + "Mexico" + "595" (design number) and was a Los Castillo back. The second earring is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + "695" (original design number). The earrings weigh 12.1 grams total.
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. Margot did a number of the early Los Castillo designs until she left about 1949 to start her own business. 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 these pieces has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. One earring is marked "Sterling", both earrings have been tested.
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.