"My designs appeal to the senses and come to life on the body." --Maria Samora, Taos jewelry designer
Before Maria Samora took the Native American jewelry world by storm, she was preoccupied that her pieces were not Native enough, at least not in the traditional sense. Lucky for her, they weren't because her own sense of style and design is what has made this thirty-four year-old the success that she is. Her designs have been called new and refreshing, and it's no surprise since Samora herself exudes something all her own--a humble star quality--which is why people are drawn to her and her work.
A SWAIA Indian Market veteran, showing since 2005, Samora was blessed in 2009 by having her jewelry selected to be featured on the Indian Market poster. In all of Indian Market's eighty-eight years, she was the third woman and the first jewelry designer to be graced with the honor. It has also made her 18k gold seashell-inspired jewelry more than iconic and highly sought out by Native American jewelry collectors and fashionistas alike.