Unique one-of-a-kind colorful multigem inlay pin / pendant created by world reknown Santo Domingo artist Mary Tafoya. Mary's colorful abstract jewelry has become a favorite of many Native American jewelry lovers.
This hand made inlaid mosaic pin / pendant features different types and colors of stones, shells, cut at different angles, to fit a fabulous design. The cross section of the conus shell creates the white circles and swirls. The curled tops are slices from her signature "Conus Shell" that when she cuts the whole shell, she uses the curled form as part of the whimsical design.
The pin/pendant measures 2-1/2 inches long by 1-3/4 inches wide by 1/4-inch thick and weighs 37 grams. The pin mechanism is 1-1/4 inch long. The small bale will fit a necklace 1/8-inch wide.
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 inlaid.