Square Wire Butterfly Bracelet by John Begay, Jr. (#87)

Square Wire Butterfly Bracelet by John Begay, Jr.
Square Wire Butterfly Bracelet by John Begay, Jr.
Square Wire Butterfly Bracelet by John Begay, Jr.

Square Wire Butterfly Bracelet by John Begay, Jr. (#87)


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5" with 7/8" opening

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Ever since there has been silver round wire available to Navajo silversmiths, there has been twist wire. Twist wire is where a jeweler takes two 20-gauge round silver wires and spins them together. Look closely and you will realize that twist wire is the single most common accent to Navajo jewelry. John Begay tends to look at things differently than most silversmiths. For a completely unique look, John takes a slightly heavier gauge square wire and twists that to make more refined and appealing jewelry. With his patented square twist wire, tiny bead stock, and multiple bands of round wire, John has created this most engaging example of a delicate, yet durable, butterfly bracelet.

About the artist:

John Begay, Jr. John Begay Jr. - Navajo Silversmith:
A quietly modest and unassuming man, John Begay Jr. does not personally sign his work. Instead he uses the Monsterslayer hallmark - a mythical being from Navajo legend- as his signature. Being a silver smith is John's chosen profession, something he has had to work at. He has been working at it for a quarter century and his jewelry reflect his experience and his love for his art. Each piece is uniquely his. One does not need to see the Monster Slayer hallmark to recognize John's unique style and excellent craftsmanship, his pieces speak for themselves. See full biography | See all items by John Begay, Jr.

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Butterfly in Navajo Traditional Stories

Butterfly: Due to the natural beauty of its wings, Butterfly is often considered vain. Yet, in Navajo mythology, Butterfly brings the sacred flint to the hooves of the horse. In the legend of the diety, Butterfly Boy was cured of his vanity by being lightning struck with the axe of Rain Boy. After that, his head opened up and out of it came the butterflies of the world. The perishable dust of Butterfly's wings is sometimes thought to prove that such beauty is usually not durable.

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Silversmith Work

When and how the Navajo acquired the art of working metals is unknown but there are reasons for supposing that it was introduced among them, or at least more developed and improved upon by them, since the time they have occupied their present country?

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