Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver necklace and detachable brooch/pendant by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) in her design style #5666 and #5417. This set consists of an enamelled necklace in a heart design and a bow shaped centerpiece. The three heart configuration has a sterling silver base with white, pale blue and grass green enamels. Each pale blue or green heart is circled by white enamel and each group has two pale blue hearts and one green heart. The 22 sections of the necklace are attached together with a wider, flat link. The closure is a enclosed box clasp style. The necklace is design #5666. It is unmarked. The central plaque is a "pretzel" style bow brooch which can be detached from the necklace and worn separately. The bow is hammered in the center and lightly oxidized for effect. The necklace has a hook on one side which matches to an eye on the brooch and an opposite hook and eye on the other side of the brooch. The brooch has a flip style closure. The central bow is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "Sterling" + "Made in Mexico" + "Taxco" + "5417" + two Eagle "16" marks. The total necklace is 16" long. Each section of the necklace is 7". The brooch is 2" wide at the bottom, tapering to 1-3/4" at the top (maximum dimensions). The necklace weighs 43.0 grams and the brooch/pendant weighs 25.5 grams, for a total weight of both piece 68.5 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 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.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling". This is an “assembled” piece. The silver is in overall good condition.
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. This piece also features Margot de Taxco enameling techniques which will show varying depths of colors that is part of the beauty of the piece. There is no loss of enamel to the necklace.
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. This piece shows age appropriate tarnish.
Married Margot de Taxco Necklace Brooch/ Pendant c. 1955