Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Los Castillo mid-century modern pair of sterling silver earrings c. 1955. They feature a simplistic, deeply engraved leaf design. The pieces have been oxidized to give them a dramatic look. They are 1-1/8" tall X 5/8" wide (maximum dimensions). They have a screw back fixture. One earring is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + design number #560. The second earring is marked + "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + the Eagle mark. The earrings weigh 9.6 grams.
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 has 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. They are guaranteed to be at least 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. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
Adorable Los Castillo Leaf Earrings #560 c. 1955