Bryan Tom, Necklace, Shell, Turquoise, Inlay, San Felipe, Navajo Handmade, 21.5
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|Gemtype Stone Shape||irregular-shape|
|Number of Stones||2|
|Necklace Chain Type||cable|
Ever since the trains arrived in New Mexico entrepreneurial souls have been figuring out how to sell the local Native American art to the visitors. Santo Domingo is located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and a large part of its economy is based on Native American art. That was even true during the Great Depression. If you are lucky enough to find necklaces from this time period they could be very valuable. Artists would use car batteries for the backings and a variety of other materials including turquoise to make inlay necklaces. San Felipe and Navajo artist Bryan Tom recreates one of those gorgeous necklaces. Bryan uses turquoise inlaid on shell and vinyl. He then hangs the pieces from white bone beads for a perfect finish.