Navajo Jewelry

MW02 Navajo Calvin Begay yei figure pendant


Native American Calvin Begay sterling silver pendant, yei with cobblestone inlay of turquoise, lapis, shell, coral and sugilite, surrounded by an ornately tooled sterling silver bezel. Yeis are important spiritual figures within Navajo Indian culture. They appear in many representations of the spirit life and blessing ways. 

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This style of inlay is called "cobblestone" because of its similarity to the paving technique of the same name. When executed in rows, it is referred to as "cornrow" due to its similarity to the rows on a cob of corn.