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OROPOPO  NECKLACE ONYX

OROPOPO NECKLACE ONYX

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 OROPOPO  NECKLACE ONYX 

HANDMADE in the USA

Oryx were introduced into southern New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range (Trinity site) in 1969 as exotic big game. Coyotes and mountain lions posed no threat and the oryx thrived, tipping the balance of the White Sands National Monument's ecosystem. The stylized image of stark black horns against white gypsum sands is one only conjured up in dreams.


Leather section measures 14.5”x 1.25” at widest
Leather cord measures 26” adjustable by slide feature
 ADJUSTS up to 36” circumference 
a warm purple shade

Handmade in New Mexico

an amazing art to wear piece....lightweight....laser cut leather
 

About Oropopo


"We are a husband-and-wife duo. In our Albuquerque studio, we combine new techniques with traditional materials to create objects inspired by Native American, classic Western, and New Mexican cultures—objects that breathe new life into American history."

Karole and Grady each have their own relationship to the land and culture, as well as those indefinable qualities that make up New Mexico and the Southwest. If they share anything with the creative work done in this region for thousands of years, it would be the tradition of making beautiful things that convey a sense of the time and place they inhabit.

Karole and Grady's jewelry functions as small objects, most of which are created from laser-cut leather. They also use 3D printing, digitally printed fabric, and other new techniques to intentionally manipulate traditional materials such as leather, wood, metal, and woven fabrics.

Karole's professional background is in architecture and structural engineering. Their studio name, "Oropopo," comes from her birthplace on the coast of Venezuela. Grady, a native of New Mexico, is a writer and literary editor specializing in desert literature and its aesthetics. Together, they refine a narrative that associates site and culture with contemporary technolo