Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver pendant necklace by Margot de Taxco (Margot van Voorhies Carr) in her design #5454, "Zodiac Signs" or "Libra". The piece features a square, open frame pendant with a scale in the center, representing the astrological sign of Libra. The scale has decorative hash marks giving the piece texture. The pendant has an open scale. The square pendant is 1-1/2" (including the bail) X 1-1/2" (maximum dimensions). The pendant is marked “Margot de Taxco” + “Sterling” + “Made in Mexico” + “5454” + the Eagle 16 mark. There is an age and size appropriate curb chain marked "Sterling", but with no other marks. The chain is 14-1/8” long and has a spring ring closure. The pendant and chain together weigh 20.2 grams.
Libra, an air sign, is represented by the scales and is the seventh sign of the zodiac. It is the only zodiac sign that is inanimate. The scales of Libra represent symmetry and balance in all things. Librans are born between September 22-October 22.
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 the marriage to Antonio failed. When she left the marriage and started her own jewelry production in 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.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The pendant and chain are 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.
Harmonious Margot de Taxco Zodiac Pendant #5454 c. 1950