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 gorgeous blue and green natural, untreated Royston turquoise. This free-form stone illustrates the watermark nature of coloration in so many Royston stones. The stone is beautifully complemented by the saw and file work border of the ring face. Cecil set this stone in a 3/16"-width smooth bezel wrapped with twist wire. The band of this split-shank design splits into four narrower bands before attaching to the ring back.
Hallmarked C.ATENCIO and stamped STERLING on the ring back.
Stone: 1 1/4" x 1"
Ring face: 1 5/8" x 1 3/8"
Width of shank in back: 1/4"