Mother, wife, and teacher, as well as award-winning jeweler, this lovely lady has lived art since childhood. Together with her husband, Darryl Dean Begay, she has become one of the most honored masters of contemporary Native jewelry. Her favorite method is tufa casting, and a favorite motif is floral. This delicious bracelet combines the two in instantly recognizable beauty.Evenly textured silver is the background for a strong pattern of flowers and leaves. Everything is, of course, textured, because the molten silver was poured into the grainy, sandy, carved tufa mold. WIth the consummate expertise of a Best in Show winner, the decorative flowers and leaves are carved out of the crumbly tufa in several layers of depth, and with remarkable clarity. Equally skillful is her handling of the silver itself: the deepest layers, within the outline of each flower and leaf, are darkened with acid; the outer petals and leaves are chiseled, and the other flower petals are left silvery, to be centered with glowing cabochons of natural red coral and natural turquoise. Tendrils of leaves and stems curl at either end of the lightly burnished cuff.The design is bold and animated, but also feminine and graceful. The design and execution are totally masterful. This is an outstanding, beautiful example of the highest expression of artistry and technique by a dominant figure in contemporary Native American jewelry. Wear it everywhere now, and let your descendants admire it in the future – possibly in a museum.