Made by Jaime Quiroz in the 1980s, this Mexican sterling silver and enamel combination pin/pendant necklace is based on a Margot de Taxco original. Quiroz had worked for Margot for many years and he was one of her silversmiths who ended up with some of her molds after her workshop was forced to close down. Quiroz’s copies of Margot’s creations are, in my opinion, among the best one can find - especially the earlier pieces that are crisp in detail, with enamels very close to the colors she used. The necklace at hand is one of those examples. It measures 19 1/2” long (wearable) by 3/16” wide (at the chain) with the pin/pendant being just shy of 2” tall by 1 11/16” wide. The set weighs 59.8 grams and is signed “ALBA” (Quiroz named the line after his daughter) alongside registration code TQ-06, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and “925”. It dates in the 1980s and is in very good vintage condition with beautiful colors in the enamel, crisp detail, with no chips or wear; there are two tiny cloisons that seem to have never had any enamel - they are truly minuscule and the lack is only detectable upon very close inspection under a jeweler’s loupe.