Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver demi-parure or suite by Margot de Taxco (Margot van Voorhies Carr) in her design style #5200 and simply called, "Ballerina" circa 1950. This set consists of a ballerina brooch and a pair of ballerina earrings. The dancers are dressed in finely detailed, ruffled tutus and are in stylized ballet positions. The earrings measure 1-1/2" X 1-1/16" each (maximum dimensions). The earrings face in opposite directions and together both weigh 14.2 grams. One earring is marked "Sterling" + "Mexico"+ the Eagle 16 mark. The second earring is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "5200" (design number). The earrings are made with a screw back. The brooch is 1-1/8" X 1-1/2" (maximum dimensions). The ballerina brooch is posed facing left with her arms raised. The brooch weighs 5.8 grams. The brooch has an open style closure. The back is marked "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "Margot de Taxco" + "5200" (the design number) + the Eagle 16 mark. The total set weighs 20.0 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 came to Taxco in 1937 and decided to stay. She married Antonio Castillo, one of the founders of Los Castillo Jewelry. Many of the early designs for Los Castillo were hers. She divorced Antonio in 1948 and set up her own workshop. Her designs became bolder and more unique as time went on. Enamels became a specialty. Her shop closed in 1974 upon her death. Many of her former employees opened their own silver shops, some using Margot's designs or techniques. This set is one of her earlier pieces and are original.
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.
Fluid Margot de Taxco Sterling Ballerina Set #5200 c. 1950