One of the most unique and exceptional jewelers you never heard of, Mary creates her own interpretation of the mosaic inlay work that is historically traditional in her Santo Domingo (now Kewa) Pueblo.
She and her parents once worked with inlaying phonograph records, bits of old phones, etc, during the Great Depression.
Now, she is known for “painting” with natural stones.
Mary’s designs are unique, often abstract, and come from nature or her imagination, or a combination of both.
First, she sketches her idea, then she searches for the stones, shells, and other materials that will fit her concept.
Finally, she cuts and shapes them by hand, inlaying the pieces to complete her vision.
Free-form, and abstract, the boldly vibrant designs and colors are immediately recognizable as her truly unique work.
This vibrant and sprightly pin/pendant is typical, with its lyrical outline of curlicues, and happy color.
Mary inlaid the stone and shell fragments in black jet, which is naturally lightweight, and added an accent of Spring-green gaspeite to perk it up further, along with spiny oyster shell in peach and orange, and russet jasper.
Blue, and darker green turquoise add contrast, and vivacity.
The plant-like design is likely an interpretation of a cornstalk, the symbol of abundance, good health and happiness.
Hanging from a chain or ribbon, or pinned wherever you like, this is another uniquely decorative and eye-catching piece by this creative artist, who is a highly regarded secret, cherished by her many happy collectors.