Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver married pendant/brooch and earring demi-parure by Los Castillo of Taxco, design #329. The pendant/brooch combination is a pre-Eagle (before 1948) piece. The earrings are circa 1955. The pieces features two overlapping leaves with deep engraving which is highlighted by oxidation for a dramatic effect. All of the pieces are topped by a swirl of silver vine which creates the hanging loop on the pendant and is a decorative bottom on the earrings. If the pendant/brooch is worn as a brooch, the loop is at the bottom. The style of this set suggests the influence of Margot de Taxco (Margot van Voorhies Carr). The pendant/brooch is 2" tall X 1-1/2" wide (maximum dimensions). There is a brooch fixture with a safety style clasp. It is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + "Sterling" + "Made in Mexico" + design number #329. The earrings are 1-1/8" tall X 15/16" wide (maximum dimensions) and have screw back fixtures. Both earrings are marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + the Eagle 15 mark.
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 (later 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 have always been a hallmark of the workshop.
The silver content of these pieces has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver of the pendant/brooch is marked "Sterling". This is a three piece set. The necklace is not included.
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 will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.