Born in 1955, Benny Ration has been smithing silver since age eleven. His specialty is three-dimensional figures, often including hand-fabricated holloware kachinas made into pins, pendants and necklaces and shadowbox pendants with cut-outs. He is particularly adept in "saw and file work" which he often uses to sculpt the edges of his pendants.
This bracelet is set with a superb stone of natural, untreated King's Manassa turquoise from Colorado. This legendary mine has not produced turquoise for decades and large stones such as this are hard to come by. The cuff is formed from five lengths of Sterling triangle wire with vertical bar appliquées flanking the stone to left and right. Bennie set the stone in a handmade, serrated bezel which he decorated with stampwork. This is exquisite workmanship set with a stunning stone.
Hallmarked BENNIE RATION under a set of eagle talons and stamped Sterling inside.
Stone: 1 3/4" x 1 3/8"
Width of cuff at stone: 2 1/8"
Width of cuff at terminals: 9/16"
Terminal to terminal: 5 1/4"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 6 1/4"