Artist/Source: Mary Tom (Mary Lou Tom), Navajo Jewelry - Arizona, USA
Native American Indian Jewelry
Award winning artist. Beautiful handmade set. This design The sterling silver necklace is comprised of (19) "claws", (58) oval beads (2) straight flutes, and (2) tapered flutes, and lobster claw hook. The claws taper in length and depth as they extend up the necklace. Earrings are (2) claws.
Mary was calling this her "fingernail" set but it reminds me of a bear claw necklace so that's what I'm calling it. Mary had not made this in quite a few years when I got her to "un-retire" it in 2011. I have sold several since then and have noticed she occasionally brings one to shows.
This design of Mary's is instantly recognizable, won an award at Indian Market when Mary first debuted it. As beautiful as all her square and round beads are, I have found this set stops people dead in their tracks.
Mary is a lovely person, great fun. You will often see her name in association with her former husband Jack, they now work independently. The last two Santa Fe Indian Markets, Mary has virtually SOLD OUT. This is quite a feat when you consider there were 1200 other artists from whom people could purchase.
If you look at my Mary Tom artist page you will see a photo of one of my customers wearing her bearclaw set.
SOLD ONLY AS A SET - see elsewhere on site for other Mary Tom earrings and pendants.
Type: Set. Necklace and French Wire Earrings
Metal: Sterling Silver
Stones or Other Materials: None
Total Necklace Length (end-to-end): 20-3/4"
Necklace Claws: 1-5/8'L (longest) to 1"L (shortest)
Earring Claws: 1-1/4"L
Necklace Weight: 2.5oz/70g/
Earring Weight: .1oz/4g/
Repeatable Design: Yes but each one is different. They will all have "claws" but quantity, placement of ovals and flutes can and will change significantly.
Available in other materials: Possibly some gold, Mary used to do a fair amount of gold work but since prices have gone so high rarely does anymore.
Lead Time For Custom: Typically 2 to 4 weeks to ship. This can vary according to availability of materials and whether or not Mary is traveling or has a show coming up.
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