Mary L. Tafoya

  • Kewa Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Jewelry - Traditional Form

I was born and raised in Santo Domingo. I learned my jewelry making techniques from my father along with influences from my mother. As a young girl, my father would teach me about the different colors of turquoise from deep green to brilliant blue. I learned from him that Turquoise was special to Native Americans because it is one of the oldest materials used in their crafted jewelry. I created my first piece around the age of 10. I created small jaclas, which were taken to Gallup by my father to be sold. I was fortunate to have sold them for $12 (which is a fortune to a little girl)...Read more on my website.

Sample of Work

Inlayed Desert Blossom Necklace

Inlayed Desert Blossom Necklace

2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Pendant, 1 1/2" x 1" pedals, 20" L necklace

Jewelry - Traditional Form

Inlayed Star Nebula Necklace

Inlayed Star Nebula Necklace

3" x 2 1/2", 18" L, 8 mm beads

Jewelry - Traditional Form

Inlay Traditional Dancing Choker Necklace

Inlay Traditional Dancing Choker Necklace

3" x 3" inlay shell, 1" bars, 14" long

Jewelry - Traditional Form