The daughter of traditional Pueblo jewelers, Mary is known for “painting” with stones. Her unique, often abstract, designs are her own interpretation of the mosaic inlay work that is historically traditional in her Santo Domingo (now Kewa) pueblo.
She sketches her ideas first, inspired by nature, or her imagination. Then, she searches for stones, shells, and other materials, cutting them to fit her concept and complete her vision.
Free-form, abstract, and/or based on nature, the boldly vibrant designs and colors are immediately recognizable as her work.
This necklace happily combines the more traditional turquoise disk beads, that Kewa is known for, with a rounded, oblong pendant smoothly inlaid with one of Mary’s signature designs.
Set in a slab of natural jet, the various materials glow like stained glass. A lovely, double swirl of spiny oyster shell stands out against the black jet, in the center.
Vivid blue turquoise is featured, both in the pendant and in the beads. Accents of orange, melon gold, red, and vibrant green add a brilliant, almost tropical, liveliness to the ensemble.
Exuberant, but controlled, very personal and truly unique, Mary Tafoya’s pieces are like no other. And this necklace fits beautifully into our casual, lifestyle that honors artisanal work and styles.