According to a respected reference work, “Vernon Begaye is a Navajo jeweler whose individual vision sets him apart from tradition while retaining the cultural origins that inspired his talent.”
Vernon’s award-winning work is always distinctive.
This dramatic pin looks nothing like traditional Native jewelry, but the hand-fabricated technique, use of silver, turquoise, and coral, are a direct line to the past.
A splendid natural turquoise, in a vibrant teal hue, first catches the eye and is balanced by a small round of deep red natural coral.
Each stone sits in a hand cut silver bezel, above an exuberant, yet balanced, mix of silver shapes and textures.
The rectangles and organic forms are seemingly corralled by a chiseled, irregular rope, at each long side.
The result is full of robust, syncopated energy, and very pleasing to the eye.
With bright colors, and varied shapes, textures, and levels, this pin is unlike others; just like most of Vernon’s nonconforming and wonderful work.
Another creative, striking and expertly hand fabricated piece by this premier artist.