Unique one-of-a-kind folksy multigem inlay necklace created by world reknown artist Mary Tafoya. Mary's colorful abstract jewelry has become a favorite of many Native American jewelry lovers.
This necklace is made up of 4 hand made inlaid mosaic pendants attached to an 14-inch graduated turquoise bead necklace. The 4 pieces measure about 1-3/4 inches long by 1-1/2 inches wide. The turquoise beads range in size from 5/8-inch in diameter in the center of the necklace down to 1/4-inch in diameter at the ends. Spiny oyster accents and other beads are interspersed amoung the turquoise beads and tiny black heishi spacers separate the larger turquoise beads at the center.
This whimsical mosaic necklace features a multitude of stones and shells inlaid on Mary's signature green serpentine.
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 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 cut and arranged.