Sterling Silver Tufa Cast Cuff | Darryl Dean Begay

Regular price $825.00
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Size: 5 3/4

Width: 1/2"

Crafted by the gifted Darryl Dean Begay, this sterling silver bracelet epitomizes the unique beauty of Tufa casting, an art form that dates back to the Navajo silversmiths of the 19th century. The surface of the bracelet is a testament to Begay's mastery, with its subtle yet striking texture that mirrors tufa's dramatic, yet subtle play of light and shadow. The simple elegance of the bracelet's design complements its complex creation process, resulting in a timeless piece that resonates with the spirit of the Southwest.


Naturally found on the Navajo reservation, tufa stone is a compressed material formed from volcanic ash. Unlike sandstone, it is easy to carve and--when used for casting--it imparts a distinctive texture to the metal as it cools due to its porous nature. Tufa casting is a meticulous and intricate process that requires a distinct skillset and entails multiple steps, showcasing the dedication and craftsmanship involved in its creation.


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