Kenneth Begay (1913-1977) is one of the most famous jewelers of his generation. He has been dubbed "The Father of modern Navajo jewelry" because of his innovative and provocative style. He was not always revered for this break from tradition, but soon he was renowned for his modern style. His designs are known for their elegance and are shown throughout the nation. He was able to pass on his knowledge of jewelry making to his son, Harvey Begay, who became a well-known jeweler in his own right.