Mother, wife, and teacher,as well as 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, yet delicate, 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 with different degrees of polish 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 leaves are chiseled, and the other flower petals are left silvery, to be centered with glowing blue cabochons of natural Lone Mountain turquoise.
The design is bold and lively, but also feminine and graceful. The design and execution are totally masterful.
This is an outstanding example of artistry and technique, both, 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.