“Vernon Begaye is a Navajo jeweler whose individual vision sets him apart from tradition while retaining the cultural origins that inspired his talent.” So says a major reference work.
This exceptional buckle exemplifies the creative individuality and technical skill of this award-winning jeweler – and his use of unusual combinations of fine stones.
Against a heavily textured background of thick, tufa cast silver, a chunky spiral of multiple stones curls into an abstract depiction of the traditional parrot symbol.
At one side, a serene cabochon of natural Royston turquoise echoes the tapered oval form of the silver. This beautiful stone represents the parrots eye, carefully watching over the world.
A variety of natural turquoise stones are interspersed with ruddy red jasper, luminous mother of pearl, blue lapis and black onyx, along with a sliver of ironwood, which form the beak.
A lovely oval of natural red coral centers the spiral, with another tiny bit just before the silver breathing holes on the beak.
About four different textures are visible in the silver, with gleaming polished wires emphasizing the oval forms.
Every bit is hand fabricated, of silver, including the working parts on the back of the buckle. The artist is recognized as a major figure in Native jewelry art.
Impressive in its weight, its design, and the fine materials used, this buckle is a unique expression of a remarkable artistic vision and highly developed skill.