Necklace and earring set in sterling silver and enamel by Mid-Century designer Margot de Taxco
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A stunning necklace and earring set in sterling silver and blue and white enamel by the acclaimed Mid-Century designer Margot de Taxco. Fully hallmarked, the set is a a classic design by one of the best-known silversmiths in the era. Titled “Encircled Lines,” the Deco-inspired circles are a book design, circa 1955. The necklace measures 15 inches long, and the clip earrings are 1.5 inches tall.
Born in 1896 San Francisco, Margot Van Voorhies was a forty-one-year-old divorcée vacationing in Mexico City. By chance, she met and fell in love with silversmith Don Antonio Castillo. They soon married, and Margot launched a career in sterling jewelry design. In 1939, the pair opened shop as Los Castillo Taller with Margot as lead designer.
They soon divorced, and in 1948 Margot opened her own shop as Margot de Taxco. As her reputation for exquisite design grew, she had, at one point, more than 20 silversmiths and a dozen enamellists creating her visions in three dimensions.
Today her works are highly sought after by collectors of Taxco sterling, artisan enameling and Mid-Century accessory design. Her sets routinely fetch upwards of $1,000 for well-maintained pieces.