MARGOT DE TAXCO Vintage Mexican Sterling Seashell 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 vintage bracelet from the 1940s is a wonderful example of Margot de Taxco's fine craft! The artistic sterling silver design is comprised of 10 matching seashell links, which have an overlapping design and 3-dimensional details. The links are hinged together in the back, forming a straight but flexible bracelet that wraps comfortably around the wrist. It fastens together with a secure hook clasp, and a safety chain provides additional security when worn. Several hallmarks are stamped on the back of the piece, which include: STERLING," "MADE IN MEXICO," "MARGOT DE TAXCO," and "5149." An exceptional piece by a legendary maker, this bracelet makes a fabulous everyday piece that would pair beautifully with other silver bracelets. It is perfect for the Margot de Taxco collector, or any vintage jewelry lover!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 7 1/4" long and would fit nicely on a medium/average to large sized wrist. Each individual seashell link measures 1" wide, 3/4" tall, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to any of the sterling silver links. The hook clasp and safety chain are secure and in good working condition. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting that gives a darkened look to the silver, which is normal for a vintage piece, and adds depth and character to the design.