‘Dia de Los Gatos’ Pendant Necklace
Sterling Silver, Carnelian, and Walrus Tusk ‘Día de Los Gatos’ Pendant Necklace by Artist Michelle Tapia. This Muertos Cat is a hand carved walrus tusk cat face with a sterling silver and carnelian flower collar. The pendant measures 1.25 inches x 1.5 inches including the bail and hung on an 18 inch silver chain.
Santa Fe Artist: Michelle Tapia
Michelle 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.
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.