Margot de Taxco Sterling Enamel Link Bracelet
Margot van Voorhies Carr, professionally known as Margot de Taxco, was a major contributor to the success of Taxco silver. Margot first came to Mexico in 1937 and soon thereafter met and married Don Antonio Castillo of Los Castillo (another well know Mexican silver jewelry artist). During her time with him, he encouraged her to translate her designs from paper to three-dimensional forms in silver. Many early designs of Los Castillo bear the obvious contributions of Margot de Taxco. After divorcing Antonio, Margot went out on her own with a business card that read, “As the stars are to the Night, So are Jewels to the Woman”. Margot is most famous for her works in enamels on silver and her devotion to Art Deco, Mayan and Japanese-inspired motifs. Her clients at the time included such Hollywood celebrities as John Wayne and Lana Turner and her vintage silver pieces and stunning enamel work have become highly collectable today.
This bracelet is a wonderful example of Margot de Taxco's fine craft! A fabulous piece from the 1950's, the bracelet is comprised of 6 large sized silver and enameled links that have an unusual square shape. Each link is inlaid with a rich red, black and gold enamel with a detailed engraved design behind the enameling. The enameled design in this bracelet displays a "swirly S" in gold enamel across the diagonal of each link. A red design extends from the top and bottom of the gold swirl. The outline of the square is black enamel with the same swirl pattern in 2 of the corners. The links are connected by small silver rings on all 4 corners. On the back of one of the links are several markings: "MARGOT DE TAXCO" and the circular stamping HECHO EN MEXICO with a small hallmark in the center. There are also 4 numbers stamped into the link that look to me to be "5468". An exceptional piece for the Margot collector or the jewelry lover!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 7 1/2" long. Each link measures approximately 1" wide and 1" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. There are no chips in the enamel and the clasp is secure and in good working condition with a safety chain for added security.