Finely crafted 14k gold ring with a black onyx inlay design, made by the talented Navajo artist, Calvin Begay. The inlay portion is accented on either side with a textured effect and engraved symbols. The inside of the ring is stamped 14k and with the artists initials, "C.B".
*Important! Please note, it is unusual for us to sell rings online due to sizing difficulties. We are including as much information as we can regarding sizing. Please check the measurements carefully before purchasing. Any local jeweler can assist you with determining your ring size. If you do need to return the item, keep in mind that there is a 10% restock fee, you will be responsible for shipping costs, and the item must be returned within 10 days of receipt in the same condition in which it was sent out. We are sorry, but no returns are accepted after the 10 day grace period.*
Ring size- ~21mm ring opening (about a size 10.75)
Ring width including metal- ~25mm
Ring band height- ~9mm at tallest point (inlay/center), ~5mm at narrowest point (back)
Ring band thickness- 3mm at thickest point (inlay/center), ~1mm at thinnest point (back)
Inlay design length- ~18mm
8.9 Gram / 44.5 Carat
Artist: Calvin Begay
Lapidary and silversmithing is an important way of life for the Navajo people. Starting in the 19th century, a man named Atsidi Sani (1830 –1918) is credited with being the first among his people to learn the fine artistry of jewelry making. Atsidi was taught by a Mexican man named Nakai Tsosi, who also taught the craft to other Navajo members. Unlike Zuni jewelry makers, Navajo artists are a bit more traditional in their style, concentrating on using high quality stones, minimally sculpted and then set into intricate high quality fine sterling silver, as opposed to the inlay work, normally associated with Zuni artists.
Calvin Begay is a Navajo Artist, born and raised in New Mexico. He has been creating art since age 10 as he was taught to make jewelry from his mother and uncle. He has spent more than 20 years designing and crafting jewelry and has won several awards and been featured in numerous magazines. He is a true master crafstman and artist.