Margot de Taxco Sterling & Inlaid Enamel Necklace
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 necklace is a fine example of Margot de Taxco's stunning talent. It is a fabulous piece from the 1950's and is comprised of 17 large sized silver and enameled links that have a slightly curved shape. With its very Art Deco look, each sterling link has a geometric square shape and is inlaid with rich black enamel. The enameled design displays 2 rows of small silver circles which lay in the middle of the black on each link. The links are connected by a single silver jump ring to form an interesting necklace with a strong Margot look. Because of the curvature in each link, the necklace rests comfortably around the neck and sits slightly above the collar bone. On the back of one of the links are several markings: "MARGOT DE TAXCO" and the circular stamping "925 HECHO EN MEXICO" which surround the number "16". There are also 4 numbers stamped into the link that look to me to be "3586". A stunning piece for any Margot de Taxco collector!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 13 1/2" in length. Each individual link ranges in width from a little more than 1" at the widest point to a little more than 3/4" wide and is 1 1/8" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the silver or to the enameling. The clasp is secure and in good working condition.