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Authentic Native American Handmade
Rough Sleeping Beauty Turquosie
"Tufa Cast Ring"
Size: 6 1/2
Artist: Stewart Billie
Material: Sterling Silver / .925
Size: 6 1/2
Shank Width: 1/2"
"My name is Stewart billie I am a Navajo Tufa Artist from Fort Wingate, NM. I chose to use the older methods of creating jewelry, carving and working with the stone to bridge traditional and contemporary designs. I am inspired by my surrounding, the red mesas that make up the ridge of the red rocks leading to Gallup and the petroglyphs left by the ancestors of Chaco Canyon. I use the finest turquoise when posting freeform settings and when I inlay I used the methods of Charles Loloma and Sonwai; always keeping the mesas, mountains and hills of dine’tah (Navajo land) a focal point. My work is a reflection of myself and my ancestors before me. I use jewelry as a medium to meditate and reflect within worlds and the end result is my art. I am a father of three (Lestat, Unity and Nayah) and my companion and best friend Shawna Begay are always working to perfect my craft.
I am diligent in becoming an artist that will forge a foundation for my children’s, children in the jewelry world. My art is a way to reconnect with my Navajo heritage to share and teach through my designs. I am proud of where my art will lead me through the experience I have yet to experience and the beauty that will follow."
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