Out of Margot de Taxco's "Arts and Crafts" designs this heart-shaped cuff bracelet is a piece that doesn't come up too often. Margot's cuffs are more difficult to find in general and I am very happy to have discovered it. Very close in spirit and technique to the "figure eight" line, the bracelet is delineated by a flat, raised silver ribbon that defines the cuff's contours and creates the heart at its center front with wide, free-flowing loops. I love the interplay between the hand-hammered and oxidized surfaces and the negative space the cut-work creates thus allowing the skin to show. Simply beautiful it has a 7" inner circumference (including the 1 1/4" gap; relatively adjustable but I would advise taking it to a jeweler to size to avoid damage to the cuff) and is approx. 2" at its widest. It weighs 58.5 grams
and is fully hallmarked with Margot's signature as well as "MADE IN MEXICO STERLING", des. no 5195 and Eagle 16 assay mark. The cuff dates in the 1950s-60s and is in very good vintage condition with its oxidation in great shape, excellent patina and no unsightly damage or repairs noted; as you can see, the cartouche with the hallmarks has left an impression on the front of the cuff that shows in the silver as a tight stress line but this is quite often the case with many pieces in Margot's "arts and crafts" lines. Though it is not offensive to the eye and does not really affect the way the cuff presents , it is reflected in my pricing.