This gorgeous and colorful vintage necklace is unsigned yet in the unmistakable style of Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo) award-winning artist Mary Tafoya. The pendant is flush inlay of multiple stones and shells onto a foundation of deep green serpentine, with a beaded necklace light green serpentine disc heishi interspersed with barrel shaped beads possibly made with Fish Rock, which is a form of serpentine. The pendant features stripes of turquoise, lapis lazuli, pipestone, black onyx, and others. From a website about Tafoya: "Mary is one of eleven children born to talented jewelry artists, Frank and Anita Coriz. As a young girl, Mary helped her family string what is called “Depression era” Santo Domingo pieces. Lacking the access to more natural materials to craft jewelry, jewelry makers would search for bits and pieces of battery cases, dishes, toothbrushes, phonograph records, and fashionably recycle them into traditional looking pieces. From this grew Mary’s contemporary style. Mary only works her craft if she feels happy. Each of her pieces is like a snowflake--one of a kind. She begins by sitting at her desk in her cheerful studio she shares with silversmith husband, Lorenzo. Mary creates her mosaic jewelry using vibrant contrasting colors of her natural materials. Her cozy workspace contains buckets and piles of shell and stone waiting to be reborn into her whimsical, colorful jewelry. Mary’s award winning and highly desired work is featured in many galleries and museums throughout the U.S." Again, the pendant is unsigned and likely an early piece of hers, as it is also much heavier than her more recent pieces. It's not unusual for early pieces of an artist to be unsigned, nor is it unheard of for pieces to be heftier. Prices of stones have gone up over the decades, and often artists will make lighter pieces that are more affordable. Another sign that it's not a recent piece is that there is wear on the pendant including a small divot in the stripe of dark blue lapis, plus some scuffing along the edge. Note that there is one white spot in the dark moss green stripe at the bottom, which looks in the photos like a scuff of flaw, but that is actually a color variation in the stone.
The necklace measures about 22" long, and the pendant is 1-7/8" wide by about 2-1/8" long. Weighs 91g. Again, some wear on the pendant but otherwise in great condition.
A vibrant and colorful piece to make you happy for wearing it, and to make others happy for seeing it!
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