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. He always uses the finest stones in his work.
This naja necklace is a wonderful "sampler" of natural, untreated Royston turquoise showing so many of the different shades and combinations of color found in this fine Nevada turquoise. Bennie used twelve stones in the large naja pendant which features a beautiful blossom of stones at the top of the horseshoe shape. Another eighteen stones, nine on each side, are set on the sides of the necklace and complemented by high-polish handmade Sterling beads. The cut, polish and color of these stones is exceptional and all of these stones are very fine-grained, which yields a lustrous polish. While similar to a squash blossom necklace, this eliminates much of the silver of a squash blossom necklace and replaces it with richly sumptuous Royston turquoise.
Hallmarked BENNIE RATION under a set of eagle talons and stamped Sterling on the back of the naja pendant.
Naja pendant: 4 1/8" top to bottom; 3 1/8" across
Stones on Naja: 9/16" x 5/16" to 1" x 5/16" to 3/4" x 5/8" to 1 1/4" x 1/2"
Stones on sides: 1 1/8" x 9/16" to 1 1/4" x 3/8" to 5/8" x 9/16"
Sterling beads: 5/16" (8 mm.) diameter
Length: 23" + Naja pendant