1/2" x 2"
40" long cord including tips;
2 1/2" long
stamped: eagle claw
BENNIE RATION STERLING
Bennie Ration, Navajo
of Native American Indian jewelry.
One of the greatest contemporary
Native American jewelry silversmiths of our time, Bennie Ration has a distinct
three dimensional style with geometric patterns figuring prominently in his pieces.
Using overlay to highlight and accent his designs, Bennie Ration creates unique
pieces using the finest materials. His pieces are recognized all over the world
as some of the finest silverwork.
He was born on
the Canoncito Navajo reservation in New Mexico into a silversmithing family. His
father, John Ration, began teaching Bennie the art of silversmithing in grade
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Sterling Silver and Turquoise Kachina Bolo
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inch long heavy sterling silver tips.
loops with heavy braided cord.
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is a Bolo Tie?
bolo tie, also called a shoestring necklace or simply a bola, can
be thought of as a Western necktie. A bolo tie can range from an inexpensive string
tie to an elaborate sterling silver and leather affair. Maybe your younger
brother had one of those string ties that he wore with his cowboy hat and cap
A bolo has three parts:
cord that goes around the neck is called the lariat. It is traditionally braided
from leather, and most commonly black leather. The lariat can also be made from
woven cord, thus the term string tie.
ends of the lariat are finished off with tips. The tips can be made of sterling
silver, copper or other metals. They can be machine made tips or hand made tips.
finally we get to the Pièce de résistance which means the focal
point, the best part or feature, the artistic creation for which the other portions
exist ! The slide. The slide is a decorative feature that,
as its name indicates, slides up and down on the lariat. The slide can be worn
up at the neck in the same position as a necktie knot (formal) or down lower for
a more casual effect. Slides can vary as widely as the artists
imagination and can utilize many materials.
is a Kachina?
A kachina is one of many supernatural
beings who play a role in the religious beliefs and rituals of Pueblo Indian peoples.
A kachina is also a masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during
a religious ceremony. Also, a kachina is a carved doll in the costume of a particular
of Native American
Indian Jewerly and Artifacts
are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate
about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why
we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing
and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.
people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local
pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the
metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people
have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.
value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay
retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes
for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph
and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for
years until the right buyer comes along.
hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet
another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.
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