Kewa Artist MARY TAFOYA Turquoise Mosaic Squash Blossom Necklace

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Kewa Artist MARY TAFOYA Turquoise Mosaic Squash Blossom Necklace

1,550.00 1,650.00

I remember years ago,where for the 1st time I came across a Mary Tafoya piece in one of the Museums here in Santa Fe..All I remember,was that her work literally stopped me in my tracks & stood out like nothing I had never seen before & it had a very 'signature look' that had only her name on it.From that moment on,I never forgot this woman's work.It struck me,because her pieces had a 'happy,very whimsical" & heavy "Folk Art"  feel to them & had this very contemporary Santa Domingo appearance,but at the same time,maintaining "Old School/Traditional" techniques..

Her work is refreshing & has a positive feel in all she makes & will not sit down to create,unless her mind,heart,spirit,hands are in all in sync..You can find Mary in many prestigious Museums & galleries internationally.

The double strand heishi is bright,vivid Kingman turquoise, is all hand cut by her husband Lorenzo (Lorenzo is also a silversmith jeweler) They are cut as thicker 9.5 mm range disks (see photo 6) & narrow down to a very tiny 2.5 mm range at the closure.

There are 5 sections of Mary's mosaic,that make the Squash Blossom & each section is done with a deliberate,irregularity of free form cut inlaid stone that, adds to it's whimsical look.Each have different shapes & each have a different top to them that is strung between the strands.There are tall rectangular,vertical dividers that help to break up the design & at the same time,adding to the necklace's over all look.These dividers are in the middle & also at the closure..They are a mixed layer of Orange Sponge Coral,yellow-ish brown Jasper & the Kingman turquoise. (See photos)

Each mosaic section is mosaiced onto black jet & each are hallmarked on the backside.(see photo) This is long enough that you can slip over your head if you like,instead of opening & closing it each time you wear it.

This has an incredible,'happy' energy to it,with a happy look!!Squash Blossom necklaces just don't come any prettier or any more colorful than this!This is the 'New' Native American "ART" at it's ultimate finest!!

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INFO:
DESIGNED & MADE BY ARTIST:Mary Tafoya(Mosaic)~Lorenzo Tafoya(Hand Cut Heishi)
TRIBE:Santo Domingo(Kewa)
LENGTH:24"
WEIGHT: 6 Ounces
METAL:Sterling(Closures)
CENTER PIECE MEASUREMENT: 2-5/8" Tall x 1-3/4" (at its widest)
EACH SIDE MOSAIC MEASUREMENTS: 2" Out(Horizontally) x from 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" tall
MATERIAL: Kingman Turquoise Heishi,Lapis,Jasper,Sponge Coral,Serpentine,Rhodonite,Green Turquoise,Mother of Pearl,Pipestone,Lepidolite(Purple Shimmery stone) Shell
HALLMARKS:M L TAFOYA with a Butterfly (on back of each mosaic section & on the orange sponge coral part of the triple layer dividers)
Comes boxed.