Ornate Silverwork and Coral Post Earrings by Navajo John Begay Jr., Vintage Native American Jewelry

$239.20 $299.00

These vintage Native American post earrings feature beautiful ornate silverwork and a piece of deep red Mediterranean coral in the center. They carry the hallmark JB for Navajo John Bejay Jr., a self-taught silversmith who has been practicing his craft for over 30 years and who is known for this unique work with silver wire that has a look unlike anything you'll see by any other artist. From a gallery website that represents him: "He is a master smith and his real trademark is his painstaking design and exacting solder work. The son of Navajo migrant workers, John Begay Junior's upbringing was anything but traditional. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, during the winter harvest months there. Until he was 12 years old, his parents stayed in Phoenix during the winter and returned to their native land in northern New Mexico for the summer. When John was twelve, they moved back home to the Four Corners area for good. John attended high school in Shiprock, New Mexico. His parents did some silversmithing, as did his aunts and uncles. One uncle was renowned for his excellence. John asked this uncle to teach him. The uncle wanted to be paid for lessons, but John could not afford them. So, he began working on his own, devising tools and methods as he went. When John took some of his jewelry into a trading post to sell it, the trader shied away from the elaborate leaf pattern John had created, but instantly recognized the careful construction and soldering of the pieces. John's early work soon evolved into a style combining classic and contemporary Navajo with a Byzantine look. It has the feel of old style jewelry, and yet it is unlike anything ever before created. It is diametric inasmuch as it is detailed and intricate but still has simple lines. He has won several blue ribbons at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonials competitions, especially for his unique earring designs. At the urging of many of his admirers, he has been expanding his considerable skills by working solely in gold and in combinations of sterling and gold, an experience he finds both intimidating and rewarding. One of his winning pieces has become a classic - a "spider" bracelet made of silver, adorned with gold balls. In spite of that enlarged success, John still prefers silver. Although he was raised a Christian, John has reclaimed much of his Navajo heritage. Now, as he does his work, he prays over it in the Navajo fashion. He says that he prays his work will go well. He also desires blessings on those who display his work and especially blessings on the purchaser of the jewelry, that they will be pleased and satisfied in wearing it. John does not mass produce jewelry, as many of his counterparts do. He puts loving skill and spirit into each piece, making his masterpieces unique in more ways than ever." As you can see from the earrings, they are special. That silverwork gives them more weight than one might think, and they truly are heirloom quality.

Each earring is about 7/8" wide by about 1-1/8" tall--not too large nor too small. Weigh 6g each or 12g total. The coral is well seated and the earrings in good condition.

Uncommon beauty.

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