Ruth Ann Begay – Navajo

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Ruth Ann Begay
Ruth Ann Begay

Ruth Ann Begay

Ruth Ann Begay was born in Phoenix, Arizona. Her family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when she was young. She spent most of her life there and grew up speaking only Navajo. Her father brought the family to Albuquerque to get away from the traditions of the Reservation, but some tradions where hard to shake, such as the families affinity for Native Indian Jewelry.

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She learned how to silver smith by watching her mother and her sister make handmade silver jewelry. Ruth began silver smithing professionally after high school and started with simple bezels, and soldering then moving on to decorative work such as leaves. Today her jewelry is very diverse and she mainly makes silver jewelry, but has also made beautiful Gold and Turquoise jewelry.

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