This wonderful Turtle pendant was handcrafted by noted Navajo artist Bennie Ration.
It has a small Apache Blue turquoise stone with a dark matrix.
The pendant is 3 dimensional using silver overlay so his traditional cut out designs pop!
Turtle - Symbol of Mother Earth & longevity
It's stamped sterling and signed Bennie Ration with his eagle claw hallmark.
It's just over 1" tall, plus 3/8" bail, by 1 1/4" at it's widest point.
Pendant weight: 10.5 grams on my scale.
I placed a quarter there for scale.
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!
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