Check out this unique one-of-a-kind folksy bird pin/pendant handmade by Kewa artist Mary Tafoya! Mary Tafoya creates fabulous contemporary works of art. Her colorful abstract jewelry has become a favorite of many Native American jewelry lovers.
This hand made mosaic inlaid bird, featuring turquoise, apple coral, gaspeite, lapis and other stones & shells measures 3-5/8 inches long by 2 inch tall and weighs 35 grams. Her signature "Conus" shell makes the tail of the bird - she slices through the shell, which creates the swirl like design. The inlaid body is outlined with white alabaster and black jet. She has attached a pin and necklace bail so the bird can be used in either mode. The clip-on style bale will handle a chain over 1/8 inch wide.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Hallmarked by the artist. It's etched M L Tafoya with a 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. Her unique designs are extremely popular.