Description: Erick Begay is a master silversmith and goldsmith with more than 28 years experience. He is an award winning artist that has multiple 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, while she sold it in Santa Fe. He started making jewelry when he was eleven. When he turned 16 he became a full-time jeweler. Erick only uses sterling silver, 14k gold, and the highest quality gemstones. You can rest assured that what his jewelry is 100% quality. This piece is a stunning example of classic Navajo jewelry. This piece is handmade out of sterling silver and genuine stones. Tufa-casting is an old Navajo technique where the impression of the bracelet is carved in volcanic stone (tufa-stone) and the molten melted is poured into the impression. This was one of the very first techniques that the Navajo created in the late 1800’s. This style is often mistaken as “sand-casting”, as tufa casting is a different technique than sandcasting.