Coin silver handmade stamped ring inlaid with small Candelaria turquoise stones. Artist Darryl Dean Begay melts pre-1964 silver coins to create an ingot, which is rolled out and then hand-stamped. It is stamped on the inside “coin” and Darryl’s sign.
Darryl has created his own niche in the Native American Art world. His unique style of jewelry, is rich in Navajo culture and hand-made with skills that are his own. Combining the tufa casting technique with lapidary inlay and fabrication, his jewelry has become sought after world wide.
He learned tufa casting from his uncle Bobby Begay and his mentor, Raymond C. Yazzie, taught Darryl how to inlay stones. He creates one master piece at a time using only top grade materials. His knowledge of turquoise is excellent as he learned from some of the best in the business. Darryl is married to renowned Navajo artist, Rebecca Begay.