Royston Turquoise Voluta Heishi Shell Necklace by Ralph Sena
Artist: Ralph Sena
Cultural Affiliation: Hispanic
About the Artist: Ralph Sena (b. 1943) a Hispanic silversmith, grew up and still lives near Santa Fe, NM, where he was a draftsman and engineer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. His family tradition of blacksmithing influenced Sena's focus on metal work. His culture, Catholic symbols, and exposure to Native American artisans, influenced his designs. Sena is known for his filigree work, sacred hearts, silver beads, pomegranates and polished stone settings.