Paul J. Begay is a Navajo silversmith who is in his early sixties. He worked with renowned Navajo smith Harry Morgan for some years during the time when Harry ran a production studio and employed other smiths to help him meet demand for his "old pawn" style jewelry. Paul has been working independently for several years and has retained Harry's stylistic element of applying an "old pawn" patina to his pieces, while developing his own style based on traditional Navajo designs.
Just concha pin is set with five stones of natural, untreated Chinese turquoise and shows perfectly executed repoussée forms and stampwork.
Hallmarked "P.J. BEGAY" and stamped "Sterling" on back.
Stones: center 3/8" x 5/16"; 4 stones 5/16" x 1/4"
Dimensions of pin: 2 1/8" x 2 1/8"