Margot De Taxco silver jewelry
Margot De Taxco silver jewelry (1948-1974)
Born in New Orleans, Margot van Voorhees Carr (1896–1985) first came to Mexico in 1937. Shortly thereafter, she married the famous jeweler Don Antonio Castillo of Los Castillo. As an artist, she designed jewelry for his firm Taller de Las Delicias for 10 years, until their divorce.
In 1948, she established her own workshop in Taxco and became known as Margot de Taxco, a talented jeweler who created unique designs inspired by Art Deco, Mayan culture and Japanese art.
Thanks to Margot, many of the jewelers she taught went on to become famous silversmiths. Among them, in particular, Geronimo Fuentes, Hilario Lopez, Miguel Arias, Jaime Quiroz, Miguel Melendez and Melecio Rodgiguez.
Her clients included movie stars such as Lana Turner and John Wayne.
The company was very successful, but after a fire in the early 1960s, Margot de Taxco faced the financial difficulties and had to to sell her workshop in 1974.
The company’s craftsmen traditionally used hand-painted enamel on silver necklaces, brooches and earrings based on Margo’s watercolor drawings. Notably, she gave permission to use her design drawings after her death to several silversmiths and enamellers. She died in 1985 at the age of 89.