Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering an interesting Margot de Taxco (Margot van Voorhies Carr) enamel necklace in her design style #5586 and aptly named "Modern Dots" circa 1955. This piece features isosceles trapezoid shaped plaques with the bottom of the necklace tapering to the loop hinged top . There are 17 individual cartouche and each one has silver "dots" surrounded by opaque white enamel giving the illusion the "dots" are floating above the enamel. The individual sections are 1-1/4" tall X 1" wide (maximum dimension). The necklace is 14 to 14-1/2". The piece features a hidden box clasp. The piece is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "Hecho en Mexico" + "Sterling" + "5586" + the Eagle 16 mark.
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, frequently adding enamel. 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. 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 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.
Intriguing Margot de Taxco Enamel "Modern Dots" Necklace #5586 c. 1955