Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver demi-parure by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) in her design style #5542 and called simply, "Greek Key". It is believed that the Greek key or meander motif symbolizes infinity or the eternal flow of things. The necklace has a sterling silver base enameled in two colors. It features variegated blue squares edged by a solid black border. The various shades of azure blue enamel are placed in tiny squares giving the necklace the look of a mosaic piece. Edging the blue sections, is a solid black frame that creates the illusion the blue enamel is "floating". The necklace has 20 sections each connected by a ring at the top. When worn, the separate sections fan out on the neck. It is 15-1/2" long. The closure is a sturdy box clasp. The piece weighs 90.6 grams. The necklace is marked "Hecho in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "Margot de Taxco" + "5442" + the Eagle 16 mark. The earrings are 1" tall X 7/8" wide (maximum dimensions). They have screw backs. One earring is marked "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + the Eagle mark 16. The other earring is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "5542". The earrings weigh 10.0 grams. The set weighs 100.6 grams.
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 her marriage to Antonio failed. 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. She perfected the glass enamel techniques used in her most exciting pieces. Most of the enamel pieces feature champleve enamel, although Margot called it "basse-taille." Champleve enamel is created by carving, etching, or casting metal with cells or troughs which is then filled with glass powder and fired. Basse-taille is a similar process. This piece features Margot de Taxco enameling techniques which will show varying depths of colors that is part of the beauty of this piece. 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.
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 shows age appropriate tarnish.
Gorgeous Margot de Taxco Greek Key Necklace #5542 c. 1955