Born in 1955, Bennie 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 necklace is a multi-piece combination of Bennie's hand-fabricated kachina figures set with perfectly matched oval stones of natural, untreated Number Eight turquoise. The pendants are decorated with detailed borders sculpted by saw and file work. This necklace can be re-configured to separate the pendants and wear them individually or in different combination as part of the necklace. This is a sumptuous combination of exquisite turquoise and impeccable silversmithing skills. The cut, polish and color of these Number Eight turquoise stones from Nevada is exceptional and well-served by the lustrous polish of the silverwork.
Hallmarked BENNIE RATION under a set of eagle talons and stamped Sterling on back of each kachina.
Top 2 kachina pendants: 2 1/4" x 1 3/8"; stone 1 1/8" x 1"
Bottom kachina pendant: 2 1/2" x 1 3/8"; stone 1 1/4" x 7/8"
Length: 22" + Pendant