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.
This ring by Cecil is set with some of the finest, prettiest natural, untreated Royston turquoise to be found anywhere. Superbly cut and illustrating one of the myriad shades of Royston turquoise, this stone is beautifully complemented by the saw and file work border of the ring face. Note the nicely rounded shoulders of this stone and the lustrous polish which makes it glisten as though it were wet. Cecil set this thick stone in a 3/8" 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 "STERLING" on the ring back, but otherwise not hallmarked. We guarantee that this was made by Navajo smith Cecil Atencio.
Stone: 1 3/16" x 1/2"
Ring face: 1 5/8" x 15/16"
Width of shank in back: 1/8"