Chica Bonita Pendant Necklace

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Chica Bonita Pendant Necklace

Sterling Silver, 14kt Yellow Gold and Walrus Tusk Chica Bonita Pendant Necklace by Artist Michelle Tapia. This Chica Bonita is hand carved walrus tusk of a skull with a 14kt yellow gold and sterling silver flower crown, surrounded with long silver strands of hair and turquoise flowers, a 14kt bezel set walrus tusk kitten below the skull. This Chica Bonita pendant measures 2 inches X 1 3/4 on an 18-inch silver chain.

Santa Fe Artist: Michelle Tapia

Michelle TapiaMichelle Tapia is an award-winning jeweler and scrimshaw artist from Los Alamos, New Mexico. Scrimshaw is a technique developed by sailors in the 1800’s using whale teeth and squid ink to create beautiful pieces of art. Tapia uses fossilized walrus tusk and tagua nut, a palm seed from Ecuador. The walrus tusk is dug up off St. Lawrence Island in Alaska and is approximately 20,000 years old. All of the walrus died of natural causes. Tapia never uses elephant ivory or fresh walrus tusk. The tusks she uses are completely legal. Inspired by animals, nature, love, and beauty, she makes each of her designs by hand.

Awards:

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.