A pendant that will elevate your jewelry collection, this iconic piece was handcrafted by acclaimed Navajo silversmith Ben Begay. The medicine wheel is a powerful symbol of life with a design that represents the four directions. In Begay’s pendant, the sterling silver medicine wheel is paired with a sterling silver feather and blue turquoise dangle. The extremely fine details on the feather showcase the craftsmanship and artistry of Begay’s work. A versatile and meaningful piece, this pendant will bring the beauty of Native American jewelry into your wardrobe.
- Pendant necklace handcrafted by Ben Begay (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise
- Pendant measures 2-1/2” long x 1-1/2” wide
- Accommodates beads, chains and cords that are less than 1/4”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Ben Begay is an award-winning Navajo silversmith who has been making handcrafted sterling silver jewelry since the 1980s. He learned the art from his family and often incorporates traditional Navajo silversmithing techniques and designs into his work.
Native Americans have a deep connection to and respect for the natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Eagles are particularly revered for their ability to fly so close to the heavens, carrying the prayers of the people to the spirit world. Feathers of all birds, and especially eagles, are an iconic design in Native American jewelry and art.
Turquoise beads have been made in the Southwest for thousands of years. The Anasazi, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indian tribes, mined turquoise in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Chaco Canyon, a major Anasazi center, was at the center of turquoise trade routes stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Central America. Turquoise was not set in silver until the late 19th century after Navajo and Zuni artisans learned metalsmithing. The blue and green gem quickly became a favorite with Native American silversmiths, and was extremely popular with tourists visiting the Southwest in the early 20th century. Some Native Americans believe the gem was a gift from the spirits and call it the Sky Stone. Today, turquoise is one most iconic images of the Southwest and is still revered among Native American jewelry artists.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.