Born in 1956, Navajo silversmith Cecil Atencio has been smithing silver since his early twenties. He was born near Chaco Canyon at Kimbeto, New Mexico, which is little more than a curve in the gravel road situated in a place with blinding dust storms. He currently resides in Tohajiilee, New Mexico with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Set with a particularly thick, high-domed oval stone of natural, untreated Kingman "Birdseye" turquoise from Arizona showing superior cut and coloration, this ring exhibits extraordinary saw and file borderwork. The stone is set in a 3/16" straight-edged bezel wrapped with twist wire. The band of this split-shank design splits into four narrower bands before attaching to the ring back.
Stamped "C ATENCIO" and "STERLING" on the ring back.
Stone: 15/16" x 9/16"
Ring face: 1 1/4" x 1"
Width of shank in back: 1/8"