Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Margot de Taxco (Margot van Voorhies Carr) necklace, bracelet and earring parure in sterling silver with melange enamel c. 1955. The piece is Margot’s number #5357 and is called the "Double Scroll" or "Circular Spiral" design. The pattern features champleve style enamel in a spring green melange or confetti style enamel with various color flecks added for interest. The circular swirl pattern is similar to a vortex and was one of Margot's early styles. Both the necklace and bracelet have box style clasp closures. The necklace has 14 sections with a centerpiece of 1-3/4" X 2-3/4". The total length is 15" +/-1/2". The piece weighs 46.9 grams and has a safety chain. The bracelet is 7-1/2" long X 1" wide (maximum dimension) and weighs 46.2 grams. It has a safety chain. The earrings are 7/8” X 15/16”. They have screw back attachments. The earrings weigh 11.8 grams. All pieces together weigh 104.9 grams. The necklace has "Margot de Taxco" + "5357" + "Sterling" + "Made in Mexico" + the older style Eagle number 16 mark. The bracelet has “Margot de Taxco” + “5357” + “Sterling” + “Made in Mexico” + the older style Eagle 16 mark. One earring is marked “Made in Mexico” + “Sterling” + the older style Eagle 16 mark. The second earring is marked “Margot de Taxco” + “5357”.
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 about 1948, 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.
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 light surface scratches on the item. We will note any actual loss of enamel.
Mythic Margot de Taxco "Double Scroll" Parure #5357 c. 1955