Unique one-of-a-kind abstract multigem inlay pin / pendant created by world reknown Santo Domingo artist Mary Tafoya.
This hand made inlaid mosaic pin / pendant features different types and colors of stones, shells, cut at different angles, to fit a design from her memory. Then pin features her signature "Conus" shell - she slices through the shell, which creates the swirl like design. The pin/pendant measures 2-3/8 inch long by 1-1/2 inches wide by 1/4-inch thick and weighs 22 grams. The pin mechanism is 1 inch long. The small bale is a clip-on style bale to fit a necklace 3/16-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.