A lovely lady who, like her husband, Darryl Dean Begay, has become one of the most honored masters of contemporary Native jewelry.
Her favorite method, like his, is tufa casting, but Rebecca’s work has a definite, feminine feel.
They dig up the tufa (naturally compressed, sandy volcanic material) in Hopi, where they find it is finer-grained than elsewhere.
Because tufa is so crumbly, only one or two castings can be made from the same mold, as a rule.
This lovely narrow cuff combines the sturdy, archaic look of substantial, darkened tufa, with a symmetrical, geometric design of water and rain.
Water is the greatest blessing in the high desert, since all life depends on it, and crops need it to flourish. No rain, nothing to eat.
So these patterns are not only strikingly handsome, they also bring good luck, good health, and prosperity.
Enclosed in a series of triangles, the pattern of circles, in varying sizes, intermingled with little spirals, symbolizes raindrops.
The effect is of drops splashing on the ground or into a puddle. The straight lines, below, are symbols of rainfall.
Wonderfully wearable and attractive on its own, this striking bracelet will look great stacked with others, as well.
Handsome good luck, from a renowned jeweler at the top of her form.