Sterling Silver Bracelet with Onyx Needlepoint by Billy Betoney, Navajo
Onyx Needlepoint Bracelet by Billy Betoney, Navajo 5 1/8" around x 1" opening x 1" deep sterling silver, hand cut onyx
Born and raised on the Navajo Reservation near Teesto, Arizona, Billy Betoney tended livestock for his parents until he entered primary education in the local boarding school. He transferred to Oklahoma and enrolled in a five-year program, where his art interest grew while watching students create works of art using pencil. He began drawing with pencil, not knowing he could make money as an artist.
During the mid 1970’s, Billy’s wife, Betty, taught him the art of silversmithing as a way to ease the pain she felt after losing her mother. Being artistic in nature, he was a natural at the craft. Soon he was making rings, bracelets, and eventually large necklaces. Betty and Billy Betoney found jewelry-making to be satisfying, especially after selling their first piece in Second Mesa, Arizona.