Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Margot de Taxco (Margot van Voorhies Carr) necklace and bracelet demi-parure in sterling silver with enamel. The piece is her number #5357 and is called the "Double Scroll" or "Circular Spiral" design. The pattern features champleve style enamel in a deep blue melange or confetti color with various color flecks added. The circular swirl pattern is similar to a vortex and was one of Margot's early style numbers. Both pieces have box clasps. The necklace is a total of 16" with a central piece of 1-3/4" X 2-3/4". The necklace weighs 60.0 grams. The bracelet is 7-1/2" X 1" wide (maximum dimension). The bracelet weighs 46.0 grams and has a safety chain. Both pieces together weigh 106.0 grams and are fully hallmarked with "Margot de Taxco" + "5357" + "Sterling" + "Made in Mexico" + the Eagle number 16 mark.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling" on the brooch.
Margot van Voorhies Carr, known as Margot de Taxco , was originally from San Francisco and moved to Taxco Mexico in the 1930's. She was married for a time to Antonio Castillos who was a partner in Los Castillo, a prominent silver manufacturer. She did a number of their designs in the late 30's and early 40's. Los Castillo continued to use her designs for a number of years. When she left the marriage and started her own jewelry production, she began with many of her basic Los Castillo designs and modified them to her own tastes. Some of Margot's early pieces and Los Castillo designs overlap. Later, her designs became key to her unique style.
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. 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 the piece.
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