Butterfly Heart Pendant
Oxidized Sterling Silver, 14K Gold and Kingman Turquoise Butterfly Heart Pendant by Michelle Tapia. This heart-shaped pendant features a turquoise heart-shaped stone with two silver butterflies and gold dots in an oxidized shadowbox. It measures 1.25″ x 1.25″ on a 16″ silver chain.
Santa Fe artist: Michelle Tapia
Michelle Tapia learned the art of Scrimshaw and jewelry making from renowned Alaska native jewelry-makers, Denise and Samuel Wallace. She quickly picked up the art wand began her own line when the Wallace’s relocated from Santa Fe to Hawaii.
Tapia works from home in Santa Fe, carving each of her pieces by hand from fossilized walrus tusk. This ancient walrus ivory can be up to 20,000 years old. The designs are hand-inked and set in fine metals. Her pieces are inspired by animals and nature, her Spanish upbringing, and her Tibetan Buddhist philosophies.
The winner of numerous awards including five Best In Show at Santa Fe’s Contemporary Spanish Market, Tapia’s creations have developed a following from around the world.