Unique one-of-a-kind folksy multigem inlay necklace created by world reknown Mary Tafoya. Mary's colorful abstract jewelry has become a favorite of many Native American jewelry lovers.
This necklace is made up of a hand made inlaid mosaic pendant attached to a 20-inch 1-8 inch diameter heishi necklace. The inlay includes pipestone, turquoise, gaspeite, apple coral and more. The center-piece measure about 1-3/4 inches tall by 1-1/4 inch wide. Her signature "Conus" shell is set in the center of the pendant - she slices through the shell, which creates the spiral like design.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Hallmarked by the artist. It's etched M L Tafoya with an etched butterfly. Certificate of Authenticity and gift box included with your purchase.
About the artist: Mary Tafoya 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.