Silver & Turquoise w/ Coral Navajo Chip Inlay Bracelet by Frances Begeay 4A31B

$ 374.00 $ 440.00

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Material: Sterling Silver, Turquoise, Coral

Dimensions: The inside of this bracelet measures 5-7/8" from end to end. The opening is 1-1/8" and the piece is 1-1/8" wide.

Weight (in grams): 47.5

Hallmark/Signature: Frances Begay, Sterling

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.

This piece is a stunning example of classic Navajo jewelry. This piece is handmade out of sterling silver and genuine stones.

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