Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a champleve enamel sterling silver parure or suite by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) in her design style #5755 called Quetzal Bird. This set consists of a brooch/pendant, earrings and link style necklace. The design features an enchanted Quetzal bird in a round pendant/brooch. The enamel colors are striking, with white speckled, purple, turquoise blue and chartreuse or puce green. The enamels, except the white feature dimpling under the design. The brooch/pendant is substantial in size and presence. It is 2" round. It has a pin fixture and a loop hook to attach to the chain. The back is marked with "5755" + "Margot de Taxco" + "Sterling" + "Made in Mexico" + the eagle 16 mark. The brooch/pendant weighs 21.7 grams. The earrings feature a wing shape which has dimpled turquoise blue, purple and chartreuse green enamel. They are 1-9/16" long X 9-16" wide (maximum). They have comfort lever backs. One earring has the #5755 style number. The earrings weigh 11.0 grams. To complete the set, there is a link necklace in dimpled purple. This Margot de Taxco necklace can be used with a number of her enameled designs which feature a hooked back. The necklace is 21" long and links can be removed to shorten it, if desired. It is 1/8" wide (maximum dimension). The closure is a rectangular box style. It weighs 30.0 grams.
The name "quetzal" is from the Nahuatl or Aztec language root word quetz, meaning "stand up" referring to upstanding plume feathers on the richly colored Quetzal bird. The word entered English through Spanish. The word "quetzal" was originally used for the brightly and dramatically colored bird, the long-tailed quetzal of southern Mexico and Central America. The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The brooch/pendant is marked "Sterling". The earrings and necklace were tested and are Sterling Silver. There has been one old repair to one earring.
Margot de Taxco used many design influences in her work. This one has Aztec roots.
Champleve 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.
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.