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. Additional biographical information and photos of Benny's work can be seen on page 268 of American Indian Jewelry I: 1,200 Artist Biographies by Dr. Gregory Schaaf.
We sorted through thousands of cut stones and put together a great combination of stones to be used by Bennie in making these rings. We gave Bennie thick stones with extraordinary color and shape; stones that we had cut for us from natural, rough rock by experienced lapidaries. This beautifully sculpted border work is known as "saw and file" work; initially cut out with a jeweler's hand jigsaw and smoothed and further shaped with a jeweler's file. We had Bennie make the shanks from heavy 14 gauge Sterling so the shanks would be appropriately sturdy and worthy of the fine stones used in these rings. The shank is split into five narrower bands before attaching to the ring back. This makes for a supremely comfortable ring. Buffed to a high shine and impeccably handmade.
Hallmarked "BENNIE RATION" under a set of eagle talons and stamped "Sterling" on back.
Stone: 3/4" x 9/16"
Stone: 16 carats of Lapis Lazuli cut by Bruce Mead
Ring face: 1 1/16" x 13/16"
Width of shank in back: 1/4"