Cat Cuff Links
This handsome pair of Cat Cuff Links are handmade by Michelle Tapia. Carved out of 20,000 year old fossilized walrus tusk, Tapia uses a traditional scrimshaw method to capture this fun dynamic duo. The Sterling Silver Scrimshaw Cat Cuff Links are 1/2 inches long in diameter.
People who are familiar with scrimshaw are often times confused that a Spanish girl from New Mexico is working on fossilized (over 20,000 years old) walrus tusk. My designs are all from my heart and my culture. My love of animals and anything of beauty influence me most.” — Michelle Tapia
Santa Fe Artist: Michelle Tapia
Michelle Tapia is an award-winning jeweler and artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Best of Show 3-Dimensional 2001 Contemporary Hispanic Market 1st Place Precious Metals 2002
Feria Artistica Best of Crafts 2005 Contemporary Hispanic Market Best of Misc. 2005
Contemporary Hispanic Market Best of Show 2007
Contemporary Hispanic Market Best of Fine Jewelry 2007
Contemporary Hispanic Market Purchase Piece “Adam and Eve” Heard Museum permanent collection Best of Jewelry 2009
Contemporary Hispanic Market Best of fine Jewelry 2014
Contemporary Hispanic Market Best of fine Jewelry 2015
Contemporary Hispanic Market Best of fine Jewelry 2019
Note: Care must be taken so that the ink does not fade. Wipe with a dry cloth and avoid getting jewelry wet.