Description: This piece is a stunning example of classic Navajo jewelry. This piece is handmade out of sterling silver and genuine stones.
Darryl and Rebecca Begay are known for their tufa casting technique. They have won numerous awards for their work including Best of Show at Santa Fe Indian Market (which is like the "SuperBowl" of Indian Art). They are close friends and colleagues who I have to come to know over the past few years. I truly admire their passion for the art.
Their work is steadily rising in value, as they win more and more awards. It is an honor to even have this piece available.
Tufa-casting is an old Navajo technique where the impression of the bracelet is carved in volcanic stone (tufa-stone) and the molten melted is poured into the impression. This was one of the very first techniques that the Navajo created in the late 1800's. This style is often mistaken as "sand-casting", as tufa casting is a different technique than sandcasting.
Material: Sterling Silver, Coral, 18k gold
Dimensions: Ring's face is 7/8" long.
Weight (in grams): 19.5
Hallmark/Signature: DDB, Sterling