Jewelry by Mary Louise Tafoya is both very traditional and very different from anyone else's. Using the traditional Kewa Pueblo mosaic inlay method, she puts the stones and shells together in a way that seems very modern. They are their own little art pieces!
The pendant on this necklace has turquoise, jet, red spiny oyster shell, lapis and other stones inlaid on to jet. The hand-rolled Kingman turquoise beads have spacers of apple coral and heishi toward the pendant and red beads at the end. The necklace closes with a sterling silver hook and eye clasp.
Size: Pendant is 2.25" H x 1.5" W, is Necklace is 18.25" long
Mary LouiseTafoya and her husband, can be seen HERE during Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market in 2019
Many of the Pueblos in New Mexico took on Spanish names after colonization and are now taking back their original names. Kewa Pueblo is the traditional name of the place and the people. It was known as Santo Domingo Pueblo for many, many years.