Unique one-of-a-kind folksy multigem inlay necklace created by Mary Tafoya. Her colorful abstract jewelry has become a favorite of many Native American jewelry lovers. Mary's signature "Conus" shell sit at the top of the pendant - she uses the very top of the shell, and cuts it across the diameter to make it look like an "O". She added a splotch or turquoise in the center for color.
This hand made inlaid mosaic pendant measures 1-3/4 inch long by 1-3/4 inch wide and is attached to an 18-inch graduated heishi necklace. The heishi is 4mm in diameter, made from melon shell accented with pipestone, serpentine, turquoise and jet.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Hallmarked by the artist. Certificate of Authenticity and gift box included with your purchase.
About the artist: Mary Tafoya, born Mary Coriz, learned her jewelry making techniques from her parents, by helping them string beads. She says that the old style Thunderbird necklaces inlaid on battery casings or records, that were sold during the depression era along highways or on the plaza in Santa Fe were the inspiration for her work. Using natural stones, shells and turquoise, her designs are free form inlay where no two pieces are alike. Sometimes due to the detail of her work, people think her designs are painted, but they are in fact the natural colors of her materials that have been intricately inlaid. Her unique designs are extremely popular.