Bryan Tom, Necklace, Inlaid Shell, Turquoise, Leather, Navajo, San Felipe, 21"

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Bryan Tom, Necklace, Inlaid Shell, Turquoise, Leather, Navajo, San Felipe, 21"
Bryan Tom, Necklace, Inlaid Shell, Turquoise, Leather, Navajo, San Felipe, 21"
Bryan Tom, Necklace, Inlaid Shell, Turquoise, Leather, Navajo, San Felipe, 21"
ArtistTom, Bryan
Gemtype Stone Shapeirregular-shape
General Claspeasy-hook
General Length21
Setting Typeinvisible
Main Stonemulti-stone
MetalSterling Silver
Signedunsigned
TribeNavajo
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Navajo and San Felipe artist Bryan Tom brings the Trading Post a very different style of art then what we get from other local silversmiths. His technique is found in the Pueblos closer to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, not way out on the western edge of New Mexico. He takes shells, not sterling silver, and fills them with mosaic inlay patterns. This time he has taken the whole shell and given it a makeover of green turquoise and blue lapis. Bryan carves a corn stalk into the lapis and hangs the shell from a leather cord. This is definitely a gorgeous piece of wearable art.

Total Length - 21"

Hanging Length - 14"

Weight - 78.4 grams