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 sterlin silver and enameled links that are square in shape. Each link is inlaid with a speckled black and white enamel design and detailed with a single raised flower which is riveted into the center. The flower has a matching speckled black and white enameled surface which complements the square links wonderfully. The bracelet connects together by a long hinge and the clasp is hidden within one of the links. On the back of one of the center links are several markings: "MARGOT DE TAXCO" and the circular stamping "STERLING MADE IN MEXICO" with a small hallmark in the center. There are also 4 numbers stamped into the link: "5773". Unusual because of its black and white enameling, this bracelet would make an exceptional addition to any Margot collection!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 7 1/4" long. Each link measures approximately 1 1/4" wide and a little more than 1 1/8" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the silver and no chips in the enameling. The clasp is secure and in good working condition with a safety chain for added security.