Darryl Dean Begay

Darryl Dean Begay

When Darryl was in college in Arizona, he thought about a career in accounting. But in the summer of 1997, between his sophomore and junior years, he worked by the side of his uncle, silversmith Bobby Begay. The one-month stint changed his college major, as well as the course of his life, and he realized that carving and designing came naturally to him in a way accounting never could.

Begay grew up in a family steeped in Navajo traditions and was born to the Ta'chi'nii or Red Streak Extending Into Water Clan. His grandfather was ceremonial sand painter. his grandmother a rug weaver, and his uncle, Bobby, a Native America Church medicine man. "I incorporate my Navajo culture [into my jewelry] through symbolism and realism. I focus on landscapes, wildlife, symbols and the people..."  He credits his uncle and his family with his successes; his grandparents performed a blessing ceremony and created a foundation for him with their many prayers.

Darryl uses the traditional Navajo tufa casting process which dates back to the 1850's and requires the artist to carve a double-sided design into the tufa before pouring in molten gold or silver. He then combines the intricate metal work with his favorite high-grade stones. Begay has been taught tufa casting and lapidary by some of the best - Bobby Begay, Raymond Yazzie, Vernon Haskie, and Robert Sorrel. He continually remains open to new ideas.

He believes there is a difference between Indian art and Native art where Indian art is romanticized. Native art is closer to where we are today and how we express ourselves as Native artists. He says, “I want collectors to know that there’s a huge difference between the two.”

Darryl also works with his wife, Rebecca Begay, who is also an accomplished silversmith.  Darryl and Rebecca were winners of the the prestigious “Best in Show” Award at the 2009 Santa Fe Indian Market.  His brother, Lee Begay, and his cousin, Philander Begay, are also incredibly talented artists.

Sizing

Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:

Bracelets

Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size

5.5"

XX-Small

5.75"

Extra-Small

6"

Small

6.25"

Small-Medium

6.5"

Medium

6.75" - 7"

Medium-Large

7.25"

Large

7.5"

Extra-Large

7.75"

XX-Large

8"

XXX-Large

 

You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.

Buckles

Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.