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Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver Los Castillo plaque style link mid-century modern necklace c. 1945. The necklace is pre-Eagle (before 1948).The design has a bulls-eye center with scrolls on either side and topped by a ball. There are 18 plaques each with oxidation. This allows the design to stand out dramatically. Each plaque is 15/16" wide X 3/4" tall (maximum dimensions, not including the similar the connector links). The links are connected with attached "O" rings along the top, allowing the necklace to fit comfortably on the neck. The piece is 15-1/2" long. It has a double loop and ring closure. The necklace weighs 62.0 grams. The back is marked with "Los Castillo" + "Taxco” + “Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "264".
The Los Castillo workshop was founded in Taxco Mexico in 1939 by the Castillo brothers, Antonio, Coco and Chato, along with Antonio's wife Margot van Voorhies Carr (Margot de Taxco), and their cousin Salvador Teran. The brothers worked for William Spratling during the 1930's. Margot did a number of the early Los Castillo designs until she left about 1949 to start her own business. Los Castillo is still in business and is the longest continuously operating silversmith in Taxco. Design and craftsmanship has always been a hallmark of the workshop.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The necklace is marked "Sterling".
Vintage jewelry has been pre-owned, worn, and loved by its owner. The charm and beauty of vintage silver Taxco jewelry comes from the unique variations and characteristics inherent in hand-wrought silver. You may be able to see the artisan's tool marks. It is not new and perfect, nor should it be. The inlay techniques are mosaic style and use a matrix to hold the stone in place. Vintage silver items may also show age appropriate tarnish.
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Super Los Castillo MCM Plaque Necklace c. 1945