Kewa Santo Domingo Folk Art Artist MARY TAFOYA Mosaic Whimsical Chunky Earrings

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Kewa Santo Domingo Folk Art Artist MARY TAFOYA Mosaic Whimsical Chunky Earrings

375.00 425.00

With Mary's style of jewelry,you will not find another artist that is at all similar,since this "Folk Art" & very whimsical style belongs to only to her & has her name written all over it..This is what makes her so identifiable..Just like with any form of art,there are no 2 pieces that are made the same way,including both of these earrings.(See photos)

Mary spends her days cutting,sawing,drilling to make each & every one of her piece's unique & uses stones & shells known to southwest jewelry,plus material that very few have heard of.She takes the shape from the material, like the shells for example,where when she cuts them,they become some sort of the form within the folk art design..

The material is cut free form style,that in turn has a deliberate irregularity & abstract look to it,with a very unevenness to it.This is what has a lot to do with what make her pieces so darn appealing!! 

On these,she used just the top of her 'signature' Conus Shell for the top portion of the earring.That,plus the rest of the mosaic is atop of a "black jet"backing.

In photos,you will find a 5 panel necklace that also has the Conus shell top like these earrings have,but with each panel being different.

A WORD: You don't look to 'match' anything together with Mary's,since no 2 pieces are the same,you match the 'look' & whether its earrings,pins,pendants,necklaces,they all go hand in hand together!!

**The ear stems look to be on the shorter side & I believe if you have a 'fleshy' lobe,they may be too short of stem**

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ARTIST:Mary Tafoya

TRIBE: Santo Domingo Pueblo

COMBINED WEIGHT: 50.7 GRAMS( 1.79 Ounces)

MEASUREMENTS: 2-3/4" X 1-5/8"

MATERIALS: Conus Shell,Kingman Turquoise,Nevada Green Turquoise,Bone,Apple Coral,Pipestone,Jasper,Serpentine,Lapidolite.

BACKING:Black Jet

THICKNESS: Conus Shell Top:13 mm Thick~~Body: 5.5 mm Thick

HALLMARK: "ML Tafoya" with a Butterfl

Because of the weight these have,you may want to check out a product I carry called,"LOBE WONDERS" that are perfect when your wearing a heftier earring.They help to take the weight off the ear & places the weight of the earring on the adhesive tape they are made of. Click on 'woman's jewelry' & then click on 'other' to learn more.