This Charm Necklace by Santa Fe artist Douglas Magnus in sterling silver, 14k gold turquoise, and coral. Each charm was inspired by his Santa Fe 400 collection using the Spanish Reale, the currency in Spain for several centuries after the mid-14th century, to create a commemorative keepsake. The necklace measure 18″ L and has 17 different charms with designs on both sides of each charm.
Douglas Magnus’ s extensive portfolio dates back to 1972. Working in the Southwest lexicon of traditional heritage styling, materials and methods, he expands those horizons. His work is ancient and modern, familiar yet fresh, and ever reaching beyond.
Santa Fe Artist: Douglas Magnus
Douglas Magnus is a renowned Santa Fe jewelry maker and fashion accessory designer. He is known for his high grade turquoise items that often feature turquoise mined from Doug’s own mines, the Tiffany Cerrillos Mines, located 17 miles outside of Santa Fe. These are a series of mines that were originally worked by Native Americans from the Chaco Canyon area in New Mexico some thousand plus years ago.
Douglas Magnus (b. 1946) moved to Santa Fe in the late 1960s, following his childhood in Los Angeles, California and Silverton, Colorado, and a formative two years with the U.S. Army in El Paso.
Magnus uses the finest silver and gold stocks, and methods ranging from the most ancient to the most contemporary to create his pieces.
Magnus lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, conceiving original designs and finished products from turquoise, silver, gold, and other materials. He is also a prolific painter, embracing numerous subjects such as interiors and figurative works, while partial to plein air paintings created on site at his mines.