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Rich Coral and Lone Mountain & Bisbee Turquoise Concho Belt

Alvin & Lula Begay

About The Rich Coral and Lone Mountain & Bisbee Turquoise Concho Belt

Exquisite overlay and raised, carved inlay beckon our complete admiration for this silver, coral and turquoise statement.

Marked Down $14,000.00

Gallery Price $22,000.00

Item Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Exquisite overlay and raised, carved inlay beckon our complete admiration for this silver, coral and turquoise statement.

About the Artist

"Both born in 1956 in Winslow, Arizona, they both attended the Dilkon Boarding School and later, Winslow High School. While at Dilkon, Alvin met Tommie Singer, a Navajo silversmith of considerable importance. In 1973, Alvin began learning silversmithing and joined Tommie to work in his shop for 12 years.

After Alvin left Tommie Singer, he began working with the award winning Navajo artist, Abraham Begay.  Alvin worked with Abraham for two years helping design and contruct much of the Abraham's jewelry that eventually won awards.

Alvin and Lula started working together in about 1991.  Alvin taught Lula the art of cutting and setting stones as well as braiding the leather used for their bolos. Alvin does the overall design and construction of their pieces where everything is handmade.  Alvin incorporates double and triple overlay, shadow box, engraving and recticulation techniques, often all on one major piece.  They are well known for their reversible necklaces, often permitting several looks on a single piece.

They have won prizes including a first prize with a necklace at a Dallas, Texas competition, a second prize for a coral inlay concho belt at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial and a third prize at Arizona's O'odham Tash."

This husband and wife team are reportedly not working now. 

Medium Sterling silver natural coral, natural turquoise
Size Larger conchos 2" height X 2 3/8" width. Butterflies are 2" height X 1 1/4" width. Buckle is 2" X 2 1/2"
Signed Alvin & Lula Begay hallmark is visible in third photograph
Date of creation Circa 1995
Condition Excellent
Turquoise Natural Bisbee and Lone Mountain
Provenance HR a Phoenix resident and collector WH
Gram weight 24 ounces, 640 grams
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