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Wilson and Carol Begay

Wilson and Carol Begay, Navajo, started making their jewelry in 1969. Both come from native jewelry families who worked for C.G. Wallace and Kirk Brothers Trading Company in Gallup, New Mexico. The quality of their silversmithing and stone work is evident in every piece they produce. Each piece is made to last a lifetime and is a great addition to any collection. They work in sandcast (tufa cast) style which involves carving out the design in a piece of tufa stone, pouring molten silver into the mold and hand finishing every piece once it has cooled. Top quality stones are a signature of each piece.Many pieces include other silver techniques such as stampwork, mosaic inlay and chisel work.They work together to design each piece of jewelry with Wilson doing the silver work and Carol doing the stone setting and finishing work. Their hallmark stamp is WB under a hat symbol. The Begay’s live in Manuelito, New Mexico.

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