Philander Begay

Philander Begay

Philander Begay is from Tuba City, Arizona, born to the Red Running into Water Clan and born for the Tobacco People Clan.  Married with five kids, he has lots to do as he helps his wife Shana’baa take care of them.  Philander makes one shot tufa stone cast pieces in silver and gold.  He says he’ll just be walking along then, “Pow!”, and idea comes to him and he can see it in his mind.  At times, he’ll have a piece of tufa stone in his hand and he just “knows” how to carve it.  He cites Charles Loloma, Preston Monongye, and Jesse Monongya as his influences.

Philander’s father was raised Hopi near Hardrock, and the family has many ties to the tribe even though Philander is Navajo.  He used to play with his Hopi friend, De-ve, when they were young, and attend Bean Dances, getting chased by Kachinas.

Philader’s cousin, Darryl, taught him how to silversmith and tufa cast.  He loves to make big, different, stand-out pieces.  He does it, not only to support his family, but because he admits its just plain fun.

Philander has showcased his work at the renowned Santa Fe Indian Market, winning the 2007 Artists Choice Peer Award for Exceptional, Innovative Work in Any Media.  He has won blue ribbons and many other awards of recognition at Indian Market and other forums.  In 2010, Philander received a Best of Division award at the Heard Indian Market with a unique concha belt. Surely many more ribbons will come.

He and his wife are raising five children and the oldest boy is already showing artistic promise!  His cousin, Lee, is also an accomplished silversmith.

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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:


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











6.75" - 7"











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.


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.