Excellent original condition, amazing older piece by a master silversmith dude/native Navajo (Dineh') Tribe. Looks like a piece done for friend, relative, not a tourist piece. Indian markings, bird in flight, cactus, etc..Multi Stones: "Kingman Turquoise" in Sterling surround, Coral, Rosarita, Black Jade/Onyx? Lapus Lazzuli stones, hematite, lots of silver workings in between the stones!! 40 Grams total weight, 2.25" tall by 1.75" wide, heart shaped. 925 Sterling, thick & heavy for size of this beautiful hand made incredible piece. Vernon A Begaye noted Silversmith! This piece was made by artist: Vernon A. Growing up on the Navajo Reservation with parents who were both traditional Navajo silversmiths (his mom is also a traditional rug weaver), Begaye learned early on to explore his artistic talents. While he began jewelry-making with traditional designs it wasn't long before his own artistic sensibilities began to distinguish his work. And win him innumerable awards.
"I focus on clean, straight designs with multi-colored stone inlay influenced by Scandanavian designs, " Begaye notes. Art Deco, Egyptian and Native American designs also show their influences. The inlaid stones that appear in Begaye's jewelry may include lapis, coral, mother of pearl, petrified wood, sugilite, charolite and more; the turquoise included is from the Emerald Valley, Lone Mountain, Bisbee, Morenci or the Kingman mine. Begaye uses fabrication and tufa stone casting techniques; his cobble technique of inlaying stones at multiple heights is a hallmark.
Distinctive touches include work that often only the wearer sees such as texture and pattern on the inside band of a cuff, or a thin line of delicate inlay added to the side width of a buckle. Begaye's singular design choices have won him awards that span many years, from a 1993 Southwest American Indian Art (SWAIA) Fellowship award to a Fortunoff Fellowship, to an award from a Heard Museum show (Phoenix, Arizona), the Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture (Flagstaff, AZ), to his more recent awards from the famous Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial (in New Mexico) where in 2012 his Contemporary Native American jewelry pieces took both 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. Begaye's cuff bracelets, buckles, bolos, brooches, pendants, earrings and more bear the mark of a dedicated jeweler who works on his art each day. Begaye is either at his jewelry bench surrounded by buffing and lapidary machines, a stone cutter and rolling mill, casting equipment and hand tools, or he is roughing out a design for a new piece, or he is simply off finding new inspirations.
The item "Navajo Sterling Silver Heart Shaped Brooch Multi-Stoned Vernon A Begaye Old" is in sale since Friday, June 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "zonalrick" and is located in Chandler, Arizona.
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