This artist was a recognized master of meticulously fashioned and colorful inlay.
Sadly for us all, he passed away unexpectedly, but we found we still had a few pieces of his, including this ring, which is quintessential Richard Begay.
Graceful in shape, stunning in design, this is a masterful example of inlay technique.
A delicate cluster of sterling silver channels – each as fine as a single hair – adds a glistening accent to the drama of bright blue turquoise and night-black jet.
There is another filament of silver circling the raised, smaller oval.
The double oval design makes the patterns of inlaid stones even more graphic; the smaller oval sits on top of the larger one and has a more complex pattern.
A series of triangular lines and shapes, in both black jet and that brilliant blue turquoise, fill the smaller oval, while the outer border of the larger oval displays an alternating series of blocks of blue and black.
Two ovals, two patterns; the same materials and colors in different shapes and sizes make the complex pattern dramatic, yet visually coherent.
The silver shank is shaped to be wider on either side of the face of the ring, and narrow in the back. The ring may be sized up or down, a bit.
Stunning in color and design, with beautifully cut and inlaid stones, this is a fitting legacy for this well-known and much missed, artist.
It is a modern classic.