Turquoise Flower Pendant
Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18K Gold and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Flower Pendant Necklace by Mario Chavez. This oconik flower design features teardrop shaped turquoise stones and gold star bullets mounted on oxidized silver. The pendant is 1 5/8″ in diameter and the necklace is 16″ long.
Santa Fe Artist: Mario Chavez
Mario Chavez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The youngest of four children, there was much laughter, love, and encouragement to pursue his dreams. At 14 years of age he was introduced to the world of jewelry through a high school art class, a life- changing experience. Immediately he was drawn to metals, stones, and the process of designing and hand fabricating jewelry. In the years following he apprenticed, honed his skills, and went on to open his first studio 27 years ago. Mario works with a variety of metals including high karat gold, platinum, and silver. He uses precious and semi-precious gems as well as rare minerals. While he excels at “old school” techniques of hand fabrication using a welding torch his studio also offers the latest in high tech equipment including a laser welder and casting capabilities. Custom design is Mario’s specialty and Santa Fe, New Mexico is the city he’s called home for 23 years with his wife and children.