This stunning Big pendant was handcrafted by Noted Navajo Artist Bennie Ration. The gorgeous
Kingman turquoise stone is a bright blue with a darker blue matrix and a hint of
gold and beige. The blue matrix is more defined in person.
It's very similar in color to the Turquoise Mountain turquoise I have right now- the mines are
very close to each other. The stone is surrounded by twisted silver wire,
stamp work and tiny sterling silver beads.
It comes with a wonderful 22" strand of sterling silver desert pearls.
The beads have a soft satin sheen and brushed look. And of course
the necklace can be used with other pendants.
The pendant is stamped sterling and signed Bennie Ration with his eagle claw hallmark.
It's 1 7/8" tall, plus 1/2" bail, by 1 1/8" wide.
Pendant weight: 23 grams on my scale.
I placed a quarter there for scale.
I'm so lucky to have watched this artist work! Picture and Bio Below
Bennie was born in March of 1955, on the Canoncito Navajo Reservation in New Mexico to Francis and John Ration. His father, who had been a silversmith since childhood, taught Bennie the art of silversmithing at the young age of eleven. His father told him that no mater what else he did with his life he would always have silversmithing to fall back on. Throughout his childhood Bennie was a talented artist. After he graduated from high school he enrolled in a one-year program at U.S. Silkscreen and Graphics School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Upon completion of the course he worked for three years as a silkscreen and graphic designer.
In 1978 he did “fall back” on the art of silversmithing. With a look and style that he had developed as a graphic designer, he began making three-dimensional figures in silver. His many wearable art designs include Kachina figures, Southwestern animals, feathers and Navajo inspired geometric patterns. When asked how he comes up with his designs he says, “I remember what I see and make pieces in my mind”
Sure to make a Fine addition to any collection, or a great gift!
Please note: Pictures are enlarged to show detail, remember everything looks bigger on line :)