This convertible enamel and sterling necklace has an oval pendant that detaches to make a separate necklace and a brooch. Its oval eternity design of black and white lines bordered in sterling are quite striking. Set in sterling, it is black and white enamel, speckled with gold. A classic Margo de Taxco design.
Marked on the pin/pendant only, “Margo de Taxco”, “Hecho in Mexico” and with the Mexican Eagle assay mark #16 and 4 other marks that I cannot decipher.
"Collectible Silver Jewelry" by Fred Rezazadeh recounts a biography of Margo on p.77. Margo van Voohries Carr was one of the leading pioneering women silversmiths. An American, she moved to Mexico and married Antonio Castillo in 1937, another gifted silversmith. Their marriage lasted 10 years, and after her divorce Margo established her own jewelry business until it failed in the 1970s when falling tourism brought less demand for her jewelry.
She died in 1985, spending her last years in poverty, but "she left behind a rich legacy of beautiful objects", and her designs are highly collectible and command high market prices. (Collectible Silver jewelry", p.77)
Size: Pendant measure 2.25 inches long by 1.5 inches wide, necklace measures 22" long.
Condition: A similar necklace pictured on p. 452 of “Old Jewelry, 6th ed. By C. Jeanenne Bell. Please look at close-ups of the top of the pendant. Upon close inspection with a loupe, I see at the top center of the pendant, the placement of the enamel specs makes a tiny irregular spot or indentation. I am being scrupulous in my description and refer you to the photos.
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