This fantastic ring was handmade by award-winning master Navajo silversmith and goldsmith, Erick Begay. The ring is tufa-cast from 14K Gold. Tufa casting is an old Navajo technique where the impression of the piece of jewelry is first carved into volcanic stone (tufa-stone) and then the molten metal is poured into the impression. The ring is set with a genuine natural high-grade Bisbee turquoise stone.
I consider Bisbee to be one of the top collectable turquoise. This mine produced some of the most unique and different turquoise of any of the turquoise mines.
The face of the ring measures 3/4" wide at the front narrowing to 1/4" wide at the back. It weighs 16.6 grams (.52 troy ounces). Size 11-1/2 only.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift Box and Certificate of Authenticity included. Purchased direct and in person from the artist, Erick Begay.
About Erick Begay: Erick Begay is a master silversmith and goldsmith with more than 20 years experience. He is also an award winning artist that has won many awards, including the Santa Fe Indian Market. His family has been involved in Native American Jewelry for generations. His mother, Frances Begay, taught him the art of silversmithing. Erick started making jewelry when he was eleven years old. When he turned 16 he became a full-time jeweler. In 1993, both Erick and his mother, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and opened their store.
Erick only uses sterling silver, 14k gold, and top quality gemstones. His work displays the highest caliber of silversmithing, goldsmithing, tufa stone casting, lost wax casting, sand casting, inlaying, diamond setting and engraving.