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Darryl Becenti, born 1957 in Gallup New Mexico was taught silver smithing by his brothers in law, Leroy, and David Reeves in 1980. Darryl is also known for his sand painting. Darryl was born June.2nd 1957. He originally worked heavy construction for about 20 years before he began working with silver-smithing. In 1985 his brother-in-law David Reeves began to teach him. The Reeves family is one of the best known and highly regarded Navajo families in jewelry making. Darryl’s first pieces were actually in copper, and this is where he perfected his stamping style. All his stamps are handmade. He considers his work “Old Style”. Darryl has taken numerous awards from Ceremonials over the years. Darryl passed away in April,2020.
Is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper The sterling silver has a minimum fineness of 925.
SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing.
Oxidized silver (black coloring in the silver) is a process that many jewelers use to give sterling silver a black patina. It gives the jewelry an antique or tarnished look. The process consists of taking clean sterling silver and using a chemical (liver of Sulphur) to treat it to speed up the tarnishing effect.