Begay: Navajo Jewelry Master
We have known and
worked with Calvin Begay for several years. From the beginning, we
have loved and respected his work. We also have respected him as a
person of high integrity.
He was born in
Gallup, New Mexico in 1965, and grew up on the Navajo Reservation at
Tohatchi. He began designing jewelry in 1975. His work reflects an extraordinary
attention to detail, sensitivity to the most effective combination of
stones and the highest standard of excellence.
His designs and
work have won many awards, including Best of Show in the 1989 Gallup
Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial. You can identify a piece by Calvin
by looking at the precision of the inlay and the silver work. The
beauty of his work has earned him feature treatment in Southwest Art
Magazine and Arizona Highways Magazine.
As a designer,
as well as a hands-on maker of jewelry, Calvin often signs his work
and often includes the signature of one or more of his studio colleagues
who do some of the silver smithing, inlay work and lapidary finishing
in carrying out his designs. For an extended period, Calvin had his
studio in Gallup at "A Touch of Santa Fe." During that time,
he occasionally did not sign his work but relied the TSF stamp to
be his halllmark.
the end of 2006, Calvin terminated his association with TSF and discontinued
use of that hallmark on his work, although A Touch of Santa Fe continues
to use the hallmark. As a result, a bonafide Calvin piece may or may
not be signed by him or carry the TSF imprint. Be sure to have your
seller certify that a piece of Native American Navajo jewelry is,
in fact, his work.
When you own
a certified Calvin Begay work of Navajo jewelry art, whether it is
a bracelet, earrings, necklace or pendant, you have an object that
is both beautiful and authentic in its Native American heritage.
Calvin Begay's work can
be found at the following Native-JewelryLink links:
5A Native American Begay Bracelets
5B Native American Begay Bracelets
5C Native American Begay Bracelets
5D Native American Begay Bracelets
24B Native American Jewelry Begay Earrings
24F Native American Jewelry Begay Earrings
24G Native American Jewelry Begay Earrings
5 Native American Jewelry Begay Necklaces
3 Native American Jewelry Begay Pendants
3A Native American Jewelry Begay Pendants
3B Native American Jewelry Begay Pendants
3C Native American Jewelry Begay Pendants
3D Native American Jewelry Begay Pendants
3E Native American Jewelry Begay
3F Native American Jewelry
3G Native American Jewelry
3H Native American Jewelry
29 Native American Jewelry Begay Pin/Pendants
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American jewelry pages, see below
15 years, Aboriginals: Art of the First Person closed its physical
gallery on Sanibel Island, Florida in August, 2005.
We now market and sell Native American Indian jewelry and turquoise on
the Web exclusively, and by appointment locally.
We also are represented at Gannon's Art & Antiques Mall and at the
Lee County Alliance for the Arts, both in Fort Myers, FL.
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We pride ourselves on the quality of the Native American jewelry and turquoise
we offer and we guarantee
them for quality and authenticity.
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Coonsis Zuni Inlaid
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