About the Artist:
Margot van Voorhies Carr, known as “Margot de Taxco,” was one of the great designers of Mexican jewelry in the mid-20th century. After moving to Mexico in 1937, she married Antonio Castillo, who was working for William Spratling. While still working for Spratling, Antonio produced and sold jewelry designed by Margot; because it sold well, Antonio, Margot and his brothers and cousins established “Los Castillo” in 1939 with Margot as principal designer.
After divorcing Antonio Castillo, Margot opened “Margot de Taxco” in 1948. According to Penny Morrill and Carole Berk in their book Mexican Silver, Margot designed everything that her company produced and had a book of instructions and drawings for each piece of jewelry, detailing their construction and finishing.
She is best known for her champlevé enamel work. Champlevé enamel is an enameling technique in which troughs or cells are carved, etched, die struck, or cast into the surface and filled with vitreous enamel. It is similar in appearance to cloisonné enamel; however, in cloisonné, the cells are created by soldering metal strips to a base to create the cells. In the case of Margot’s jewelry, the designs were die-struck. Dies were created to stamp the designs out of silver, and this die-making technique was a critical and detailed process of its own.
This rare and stunning sterling silver and champlevé enamel necklace and earrings demi parure was designed and produced in 1950 by famed designer Margot de Taxco. The theme of the set is a series of hands that stretch from one to the others. Turquoise, gray and white enamels have been set into each hand — all of which has been set into sterling silver. The necklace has a hook closure mechanism, and the earrings use a screw-back method for opening and closing.
This gorgeous Margot de Taxco hand-themed demi parure is in excellent vintage condition. None of the enamel has been lost and the silver for necklace and earrings has a wonderful patina. The back of the necklace has a hand (roughly in the middle of the necklace) that bears both the Marot de Taxco hallmark and 1950, the year of manufacture. This jewelry set comes with a black, soft velvety storage bag.
This divine, enameled, sterling hand-themed necklace and earring set designed by a well renown Mexican jeweler makes for a unique addition to any jewelry box. So, if you collect fine, high-fashion jewelry or pieces designed by Margot de Taxco, then don’t let this demi set pass you by as it will add great value to such your collection!