This vintage Native American turquoise cluster sterling silver ring was hand made by Navajo artist Ernest Roy Begay. The ring is set with 11 gorgeous turquoise cabs, that are a bright sky-blue in color with very little matrix. The silverwork is very clean and professional.
The face of the ring measures 1-1/2 inch long by 1 inch wide. The ring weighs 12 grams and is a very comfortable ring to wear, because of the wide band. Size 4-3/4. Makes a great pinkie ring!
The ring is in excellent, like new condition, in spite of its age. It was made sometime in the 1990's, according to the previous owner. Hallmarked ERB in an arc, which is Ernest Roy Begay's hallmark.
Navajo artist Ernest R. Begay Sr. was born and raised in Kayenta - Chilchinbeto, AZ in 1956. In 1975-76, Ernest took a silversmithing class at Monument Valley High School. Ernest entered some unusual pieces into the Navajo Nation Fair and the Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, where he received many awards and ribbons. He is known for his coral and turquoise cluster work on heavy gauge silver with deep custom-designed stamp work.