Unique one-of-a-kind folksy multigem inlay necklace created by world renown Mary Tafoya. Mary's colorful abstract jewelry has become a favorite of many Native American jewelry lovers.
This hand made inlaid mosaic pendant centerpiece measures 2-5/8 inch long by 1-1/4 inch wide and it features different types and colors of stones, shells, cut at different angles, to fit a design from Mary's memory. Mary also slices her signature "Conus" shell crosswise then inlays it into jet to create the unusual swirls seen in this pendant. This pendant is attached to an 19-inch graduated shell heishi necklace: pipestone with turquoise spacers.
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.