This unique one-of-a-kind folksy multigem inlay pin/pendant was handmade by Santo Domingo (Kewa) artist Mary Tafoya. The pendant has a great shape with inlays including blue turquoise, apple coral and white conus shell. It measures 2-1/2 inch long by 1-1/4 inch wide. Mary has attached a pin and necklace bail so the piece can be used as either a pin or a pendant. The 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. Authenticity card and gift box included with your purchase.
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.