Silver Vernon Begaye mask design pendant is masterfully inlaid with natural materials, The removable pendant hangs from a handmade collar and chain that is finished with an inlaid bead. The pendant can be removed and the bead and be worn in the front. Royston and Morenci Turquoise, Coral, Spiny Oyster Shell, Dalmation Agate, Sandstone Agate, Ironwood, Black Ebony and Lapis are hand carved and placed beautifully to create a wearable piece of art.
Vernon is an innovative artist who creates finely made jewelry. Growing up on the Navajo Reservation with parents who were both traditional Navajo silversmiths (Jimmie and Ella May Begaye) and a mom who is also a traditional Navajo rug weaver, Vernon Begaye learned early on to explore and honor his artistic talents. While he began with the traditional designs learned from his parents it wasn’t long before his own artistic sensibilities began to distinguish his work and win him innumerable awards. Cuff bracelets, buckles, bolos, necklaces, pendants and more by Vernon Begaye bear the mark of a dedicated jeweler, one dedicated to his Native American traditions, who works on his art each day.