Mary Tafoya creates unique contemporary works of art. Her colorful abstract jewelry has become a favorite of many Native American jewelry lovers. This fabulous hand made necklace features a mosaic inlaid pendant on a 21-inch turquoise multi stone/shell heishi necklace. The colorful centerpiece measures 2-1/2 inches x 1-3/8 inches featuring turquoise, apple coral, pipestone, jet, serpentine and other stones & shells inlaid on polished black jet. The heishi multi-gem necklace is about 3/16 inches in diameter.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Hallmarked by the artist as shown on the back of the pendant. Certificate of Authenticity and gift box included with your purchase.
About the artist: Mary Tafoya, born Mary Coriz, 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.