This pendant by Navajo silversmith Cecil Atencio is set with a Zuni cut stone of natural, untreated Kingman "Birdseye" turquoise. Zuni cut stones are sculpted with a grinder to liberate the turquoise deposit from the surrounding host rock. This leaves a wavy, undulating surface to the stone, which follows the actual shape of the turquoise deposit. This is an excellent example of a Zuni cut and this is rare stone which shows such distinctive "birdseye" patterning and attains such a rich blue coloration. The pendant is coupled with a pair of post earrings set with stones which match the pendant and both pendant and earrings have saw and file borderwork. We suggest stringing this pendant on a strand of high-polish handmade Navajo Sterling beads (see below).
Hallmarked C ATENCIO and stamped STERLING on the back of the pendant and on the back of each earring.
Pendant stone: 1 5/8" x 1"
Dimensions (excluding jump ring & bale): 2 1/8" x 1 7/16"
Opening of bale: 7/16" (11 mm.)
Total hang of pendant: 2 7/8"
Earring stones: 18" x 1/2"
Dimensions of each earring: 1 1/2" x 15/16"