Created through the traditional silversmithing technique of repoussé, this one-of-a-kind pin showcases the artistry of Navajo silversmith Darryl Becenti. At the center of the sterling silver pin is an oval gemstone of rare Birds-eye turquoise from the Kingman mine in Arizona. Recognized by its light blue color and exquisite webbed matrix, this high quality Kingman turquoise is one of the most collectible gemstones in the world. The combination of beautiful hand stamped designs and gem quality turquoise makes this pin an iconic piece and essential additional to your collection of Native American jewelry.
- Pin handcrafted by Darryl Becenti (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Natural Kingman Birds-eye turquoise
- Pin closure
- Pin measures 2-1/4” x 7/8”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Darryl Becenti (b. 1957) is a renowned Navajo silversmith from Gallup, New Mexico who has been making handcrafted jewelry since 1988. Becenti was originally a sand painter and began making silver jewelry after he learned the art from his brothers-in-law Leroy and David Reeves. Known for the high quality of his repoussé and stampwork, Becenti creates heavy gauge silver pieces in traditional and contemporary styles.
Kingman turquoise is one of the iconic gemstones of Native American jewelry and is a favorite of jewelry collectors around the world. Located in northwest Arizona, Kingman is one of the largest turquoise mines in North America and supplies much of the turquoise used in Native American and Southwestern jewelry. The site has been mined by Native Americans for hundreds of years, and is one of only three prehistoric mining sites that have been found in Arizona. Kingman turquoise became famous in the 1950s for its brilliant blue gems with striking black matrix. The mine also produces blue gems with silver matrix and other shades of blue and green turquoise. Over 95 percent of the turquoise that come out of the mine must be stabilized. The high-grade gems that don’t require stabilization are extremely valuable and among the finest types of turquoise in the world.
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people have made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880. By the turn of the century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest, and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concha belts and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, silver jewelry is an iconic image of the Southwest.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. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. 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 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, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.