Description: This piece is a stunning example of classic Navajo jewelry. This piece is handmade out of sterling silver and genuine stones.
Chip inlay is the process in which channels are filled with resin or epoxy and crushed stone. Once the resin/epoxy dried, the piece was then sanded and polished smooth leaving a mosaic of stone in the channel. This technique was developed by Navajos in the 1950-60's, and is often credited to Tommy Singer (also Charlie Singer and Willie Singer); however, there were many other artist doing the same process in the same era; in fact, my mother Frances Begay raised my brothers and me making and selling her chip inlay jewelry. This vintage-style of work is classic Navajo style of the 1970's.
The Yei Bi Chei (pronounced YAY-BI-CHAY is often depicted in many Navajo art. The Yei Bi Chei is a spiritual deity of the Navajo. The Yei Bi Chei dance is a nine day healing ceremony that takes place in winter.
The clip itself is made out of nickel, as it is a harder metal to uphold the springiness of the clip. Only the work on top of the clip is sterling silver. Any money photographed with money clip is for illustration purposes only, and is not included.
Material: Sterling Silver, Turquoise, Coral
Dimensions: 1" x 2-1/8"
Weight (in grams): 24.3