Native American Indian
Calvin 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 numerous 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 features in Southwest Art and Arizona Highways.
As a designer, and 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.
Sometime around 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" continued 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 certain 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.
A Word about Aboriginals: Art of the First Person:
15 years, we closed our 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 locally by appointment only.
We also are represented at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, in Fort Myers, FL and at BIG Arts on Sanibel Island.
Nothing else has changed except our ability to lower our prices by eliminating store overhead. We regularly visit our Indian artist friends out west to acquire new items.
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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buying Native American Indian jewelry:
1) Never buy Native American Indian jewelry that you don't love and would not want to wear forever. Nothing is more depressing than to live with jewelry that was purchased solely for investment gain that doesn't materialize.
2) Shop around, but don't be swayed by price alone. An apparent bargain price doesn't necessarily mean a good value. Make sure your seller offers authentic Native American Indian-made jewelry and not foreign look-alikes. Membership in the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA) is a good guide to the authenticity and integrity of any dealer in Native American Indian art.
3) If you can't trust your dealer and his or her guarantees, don't buy from them. A good dealer in Native American Indian jewelry will have a good reputation and will allow returns within a reasonable period either for cash or credit. Ask your dealer what their policy is.
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