Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver necklace by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) in her early design style #5384 and called "Leaf Scroll". The necklace has a sterling silver base enameled in dark blue melange (also called confetti). It features a jagged scroll pattern in blue enamel with a curved, dropped silver frame. Margot perfected this melange enamel which has numerous colors added to the background color. There are 18 "scrolls" each 15/16" tall and attached by a closed connecting loop. The closure is a simple hook and eye style. The necklace is 15-1/4" long. It weighs 78.2 grams. . The reverse is marked "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" (worn)+ "Margot de Taxco" + "5384" + the Eagle 16 mark + "A".
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 Castillo who was a partner in Los Castillo, a prominent silver manufacturer. She did a number of their designs in the early 1940's. Los Castillo continued to use her designs for a number of years after their marriage failed. 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. She perfected the glass enamel techniques used in her most exciting pieces.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
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 this piece. The enamel of this piece is in excellent condition.
Sublime Margot de Taxco "Leaf Scroll" Necklace #5384 c. 1955