Impressive sterling silver handmade ring by Navajo artist, Vernon Begaye . A handmade ring shank with a Boulder Opal and River Rock found by Vernon.
Vernon Begaye was born in 1965 and began practicing silversmithing techniques around the age of nine under the supervision of his jewelry-making parents Jimmy and Ella-Mae Begaye. He was the recipient of the 1993 South West American Indian Artists Fellowship Award for Most Promising Artist, which allowed him to pursue further education in jewelry making, including courses with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He specializes in tufa cast work that merges traditional and contemporary designs. He is especially known for his sculptural silver work, innovative and inlaid designs.