Funky, whimsical, fun & fabulous, there is something that is so wonderful about the design! Personally, it's not only the way Mary mosaic inlaid the fish, but the way the colors in the necklace are designed to compliment the pendant, that then pulls the fish & necklace together! The fish is made where she used the form of her'signature' Conus shell that acts as the gill, as well as the interior design. He deliberate irregular cuts of orange colored Apple Coral are then mosaic inlaid atop of black jet & is outlined with Kingman turquoise cuts with black jet spacers. His big eye is made of boneeven has a pupil!
The strands are made with graduated cuts of red apple coral & why this has such a fantastic look, is how she then placed hand cut turquoise disks in between that makes the design pop! It has a nice wearable weight that should not be heavy on the neck(See weights below to decide). It's designs like this that draw so many followers to Mary's work! It's a "Happy" necklace that no doubt you will cherish & have fun wearing!All the materials used in this necklace are totally cut by Mary. TRIBE: Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa Pueblo). WEARABLE LENGTH: 24 (Without Fish). FISH SIZE: 3-3/4" x 1-3/4".
MATERIALS:Apple Coral/Kingman Turquoise/Black Jet/Conus Shell/Bone(eye). TURQUOISE BEAD SIZE:From as big as:7 mm to as Small as 5.5 mm Average. APPLE CORAL DISK SIZE: 12.5 mm to as small as 4.5 mm Average. WEIGHT: 3 Ounces (84 Grams). METAL:Sterling Hook & Eye Closure.STYLE: 100% Hand Cut & MadeMosaic Inlaid Fish Heishi Style Necklace. HALLMARKS:M L TAFOYA with a Butterfly & Drawn Out Landscape Scene! This will go out Priority, with tracking, insured. BECAUSE THIS IS MADE WITH HUMAN HANDS & NOT COMMERCIAL MANUFACTURING MACHINES, THERE MAY BE SLIGHT VARIATIONS. PLEASE READ TERMS BEFORE PURCHASING. Please go over everything I have provided you with (Photos, weights, measurements, detail, etc) & ask any questions or concerns you may have in order to avoid a return!
To give you close ups, items tend to look much more larger & 10 X's more magnified than in actuality. Also, things you'll see in photos that look highly noticeable, are generally not in person. Sometimes however, colors can vary, either lighter or darker, depending on settings, either on your end or mine. If you find the item is not as great as I think it is, it does not mean the item is'not as described'! Kewa Pueblo artist "Mary Tafoya's" has a'signature style all her own & is the only one from the Pueblo that you will find doing this style..
She is known for her funky, whimsical'Folk Art style colorful jewelry, so much that as of this year, she was featured at out International Folk Art Festival here in Santa Fe! It was the 1st time a local pueblo artist was featured there & she greatly deserved being there, along with the other folk art artisans from around the world! Most don't know that when she 1st started doing jewelry back in the 80's, she stayed very traditional, since her influence were her parents, as well as what other Pueblo artisans were doing in the village.Her parents made heishi & did mosaic & were one of the originals who did the old depression era "Thunderbird" necklaces that were mosaic inlaid atop of old record albums. But step ahead to the 90's, is when her husband Lorenzo suggested'they try something'different'.. This is when she solely did mosaic, which later she developed into the mosaic style she is now so widely known for. Her pieces are "Happy" & you will get joy & feel good when you wear her jewelry! She only 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 it's a style that belongs to only her. You can find her in Museums, galleries worldwide. The item "Kewa Pueblo Folk Art ArtisanMARY TAFOYAWhimsical Fish MosaicHeishi Necklace" is in sale since Friday, July 19, 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.