Unique folksy Santo Domingo multigem turquoise inlay necklace created by 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 hand made inlaid mosaic centerpiece measures 2-3/8 inch long by 1-3/4 inch wide by 1/4 inch thick. Mary 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 an 20-inch graduated turquoise 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, born Mary Coriz, learned her jewelry making techniques from her parents. Her unique designs are extremely popular.
I was a member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA) from 2008 until the organization dissolved in 2018. As a former IACA member, I promise to promote, preserve and protect authentic American Indian arts and crafts and abide by the former organization's Code of Ethics.