This heavy Native American stamped Sterling silver ring was hand made by the late Navajo artist Darryl Becenti. The ring is set with a natural Sonoran Gold turquoise stone. Sonoran Gold turquoise is a fabulous new stone to hit the market recently. The ring is completely covered with deep stamp-work and applied fancy repousse and silver bead work. This ring works well for either a man or a woman.
The ring measures 1-inch wide at the front and narrows to 1/4-inch wide at the back. The ring weighs 15 grams and is a very comfortable ring to wear. Because of the wide band, the ring stays put on your finger (no twisting or turning). Size 9.
Brand new in perfect condition. It is stamped sterling and has Darryl Becenti's hallmark. Gift box & Certificate of Authenticity included.
This turquoise is mined in Mexico near the city of Cananea. This material is relatively new to the industry and is a newer deposit in the Cananea mines. Unlike most turquoise, Sonoran Gold is not mined in veins but rather as individual nuggets typically found in clay deposits.
Darryl Becenti was born in 1957 in Gallup, New Mexico and raised in Mexican Springs. He was taught silver work by his brothers-in-law, David & Leroy Reeves in 1980 and he is the brother-in-law to the famous Sunshine Reeves, Gary Reeves, David Reeves, Andy Cadman, and Darrell Cadman Clan. His jewelry is highly prized for it's deep hand-stamped Navajo designs, repousse silver work, and thick gauges of silver.
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Darryl's untimely death in late March of this year. One of our suppliers of Darryl's jewelry just opened back up after having been closed since late March and we purchased as much of Darryl's jewelry as we could.