This one-of-a-kind multigem inlay and jet heishi necklace was created by world renown Mary Tafoya. Mary's colorful abstract jewelry has become a favorite of many Native American jewelry lovers. Mary uses natural stones, shells and turquoise. She has taken this ancient art of mosaic where no one else has, while staying very traditional in technique. She uses different types and colors of stones, unusual shapes of shell, cutting them at different angles to get the desired look.
The abstract hand made inlaid centerpiece measures 2-1/4 inch long by 1-3/4 inch wide. Mary also slices her signature "Conus" shell crosswise then inlays it into jet to create the unusual swirls seen in this pendant. The pendant is attached to a slinky 19-inch graduated jet heishi necklace.
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.