Growing up in Taos, New Mexico has provided me with incredible cultural and creative richness. Life in Taos is simple and beautiful and I believe that my jewelry is an expression of this simplicity. The purpose of my art is to accentuate the body and capture the movement of the human form, enhancing one’s personal beauty and grace with sophistication and elegance. My designs appeal to the senses and come to life on the body.
Natural and interplaying geometric forms are transformed into contemporary designs. Subtle textures, overlay, various patinas and the tonal play of mixed metals blend richly and create contrast and dimension. Hand-selected stones, including top white diamonds, rare domestic vintage turquoise and Brazilian agate druzies, are hammer set into thick gauge bezels. My work finds form and distinction in its simplicity and clean elegance.
My continual exploration of technique paired with the use of evolving technology has given me the ability to manifest the ideas and inspiration in my head, but I don’t stop there. I wear it. I test it. It might be an amazing design, but if it doesn’t lie right, feel right—if it’s not durable—people won’t wear it. And that’s the ultimate goal for me, to see it out there!
Maria Samora (b. 1975) is a jeweler based in Taos, New Mexico. She apprenticed with goldsmith Phil Poirier for ten years, launching her namesake brand soon after. She was first selected to show at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2005 and has won the Market’s first prize several times in subsequent years. In 2018 the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture honored her with a Living Treasure award and the exhibition Maria Samora: Master of Elegance. Samora’s designs can be found in museums and galleries across the country and at Maria Samora Studio in Taos.
Maria Samora. Lauren Clutch, 2010. Keum boo, 24k Gold and Oxidized Sterling Silver, Citrine Bullet Cabochons, buckskin and silk. 9” x 4”. Courtesy of the artist.