Michelle Tapia

“My designs are all from my heart and my culture. My love of animals and anything of beauty influence me most.” - Michelle Tapia

Michelle Tapia was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although she never received formal art or jewelry training, she has been creative since childhood. This natural inclination made her a quick study as she learned silver and goldsmithing, lapidary, and the art of scrimshaw from renowned Alaska Native jewelry-makers, Denise and Samuel Wallace. 

Michelle’s heritage includes her paternal great-grandfather, a full-blood Comanche from Picuris Pueblo, and her maternal great-grandfather, of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Along with her Spanish-Catholic upbringing and her Tibetan Buddhist philosophies, these multicultural influences, combined with nature and animals, inspire her. Working from her home studio in Santa Fe, Michelle carves each of her pieces by hand from fossilized walrus tusk, some dating back 20,000 years. She fabricates all her own metalwork, setting every hand-inked design in fine metals.

Tapia has won numerous awards, including Best of Show, 6 Best of Fine Jewelry, 2 Best of Fine Crafts (3-dimensional), and Best of Collaboration Fine Art at Santa Fe’s Contemporary Spanish Market. 

Michelle Tapia

Michelle Tapia

Print Artist Bio

“My designs are all from my heart and my culture. My love of animals and anything of beauty influence me most.” - Michelle Tapia

Michelle Tapia was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although she never received formal art or jewelry training, she has been creative since childhood. This natural inclination made her a quick study as she learned silver and goldsmithing, lapidary, and the art of scrimshaw from renowned Alaska Native jewelry-makers, Denise and Samuel Wallace. 

Michelle’s heritage includes her paternal great-grandfather, a full-blood Comanche from Picuris Pueblo, and her maternal great-grandfather, of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Along with her Spanish-Catholic upbringing and her Tibetan Buddhist philosophies, these multicultural influences, combined with nature and animals, inspire her. Working from her home studio in Santa Fe, Michelle carves each of her pieces by hand from fossilized walrus tusk, some dating back 20,000 years. She fabricates all her own metalwork, setting every hand-inked design in fine metals.

Tapia has won numerous awards, including Best of Show, 6 Best of Fine Jewelry, 2 Best of Fine Crafts (3-dimensional), and Best of Collaboration Fine Art at Santa Fe’s Contemporary Spanish Market. 


Michelle Tapia

Large Cat Pendant

$ 900.00

Michelle Tapia

Blue Eyes Cat Pendant

$ 145.00

Michelle Tapia

Sleeping Floppy Dog Pendant

$ 130.00

Michelle Tapia

Floppy Dog Ring

$ 500.00

Michelle Tapia

Koi and Lotus Pendant

$ 470.00

Michelle Tapia

Triple Kitten Pendant

$ 300.00

Michelle Tapia

Hummingbird Earrings

$ 1,000.00

Michelle Tapia

Hummingbird Pendant

$ 950.00

Michelle Tapia

Kitten Dangle Earrings

$ 200.00

Michelle Tapia

Floppy Dog Earrings

$ 260.00

Michelle Tapia

Orange Puppy Pendant

$ 100.00

Michelle Tapia

Small Nesting Bird Earrings

$ 550.00

Michelle Tapia

Small Nesting Bird Pendant

$ 300.00

Michelle Tapia

Beating Heart Ring

$ 250.00

Michelle Tapia

La Muerta Bonita Flower Ring

$ 450.00

Michelle Tapia

La Muerta Bonita Ring

$ 675.00

Michelle Tapia

La Muerta Bonita Pendant

$ 675.00

Michelle Tapia

Small Owl Pendant

$ 550.00

Michelle Tapia

Bunny Ring

$ 500.00

Michelle Tapia

Sleeping Cat Circle Earrings

$ 700.00

Michelle Tapia

Dog Zia Cross Pendant

$ 385.00

Michelle Tapia

El Muerto Guapo Tie Tack

$ 225.00

Michelle Tapia

HOPE Flower Ring

$ 250.00