Yes, its a time consuming process, but this is the beauty of Pueblo jewelry when you stay true to what your ancestors passed on to you! This funky little bird is made of a mosaic display of irregular cuts of bright blue Kingman turquoise & act as the border, beak & the turquoise flower. This style flower is fairly new to Marys jewelry, where she takes the larger chunk of turquoise & then by slices it for the separation which end up being the petals! Also used is her signature Conus shell for the flourishing tail & she uses the shapes of the shell to create her picturesque pieces of art!
Everything is mosaic inlaid into the black jet background.. The dove is connected to a non-removable bale that is made with a multi colored stone mosaic. THE 3 STRAND TURQUOISE HEISHI NECKLACE. The softer blue colored Kingman turquoise heishi is totally hand cut & drilled & then rounded off into little round disks by Mary's husband Lorenzo, who hand drills each & every hole for their daughter then to string for the necklace! The bead size is small & are in the 3.3 mm range.
The strands end in olive shell heishi & are capped off with sterling cones & a 6 sterling chain extender, so you can wear it as short as 18 or drop it as long as 23-1/2!!! (You can go anywhere within the extender). Its a versatile necklace where you have a few ways to wear it.. 1 You can wear as is, 2 you can wear the 3 strand alone, 3 or put another pendant on the strands 4 or put the dove through say, a strand of oxidized sterling Navajo Pearls!
Anything Mary makes is a conversation piece & you can also mix her pieces together, regardless that they may not be the same, since its the look thats the same & one that ONLY belongs to her!! DESIGNED & MADE BY ARTIST:Mary TafoyaExclusively for Plata de Santa Fe Jewelry.
TRIBE: Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa Pueblo). WEARABLE LENGTH:18 to 23-1/2 (Without Bird). DOVE MEASUREMENTS: 3-1/8" Wide x 2-1/4" Tall. BALE OPENING: 8.5 mm Range. WEIGHT: 1.88 Ounces (53.5 Grams).BALE MATERIAL: Kingman Turquoise, Bone, Apple Coral, Gaspeite, Butternut Squash Serpentine, Serpentine & Epoxy. HALLMARKS:M L TAFOYA with a Butterfly. Comes in Necklace box for gift giving & or storage. BECAUSE THIS IS MADE WITH HUMAN HANDS & NOT COMMERCIAL MANUFACTURING MACHINES, THERE MAY BE SLIGHT VARIATIONS. This will go out Priority, with tracking, insured & signature confirmation required. PLEASE READ TERMS BEFORE PURCHASING. To give you close ups, pictures tend to look much more larger & much more magnified than in actuality.
Also, things you'll see in photos that look highly noticeable, are generally not in person. Born & raised at the Santo Domingo Pueblo, where she continues to live with her husband & children. Mary couldn't escape the Pueblo's known "art of mosaic".Both her mother & father created mosaic pieces many years ago & were one's who did the old(And now very collectible) "Depression Era Thunderbird necklaces", where they used battery casings &LP's for their backings, which now has been replaced with black Jet. Mary is also the aunt of another collectible mosaic artist, "Jolene Bird".
She has taken this ancient art of mosaic, by taking a more contemporary 21st approach, while staying very traditional in technique & has taken her art, where no one else has, with her signature identity having a heavy "Folk Art" feel, that is colorful, happy & very whimsical. And just like any'true' artist, No 2 are created alike.. Mary creates only when her spirit, having a clear mind, her hands & all other creative juices are in sync..Once you see her art, you will never forget it, since she has her own style, that belongs to only her. You can find her in Museums, galleries worldwide.
The item "Kewa PuebloMARY TAFOYA3 Strand Turquoise Heishi Necklace/ Mosaic Dove Pendant" is in sale since Friday, March 29, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "platadesantafejewelry" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States.