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Benson Ration - Navajo
Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster

Shadowbox Kachina Pendant
HK Item #PP379

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Native American Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster Shadowbox Kachina pendant by Navajo Benson Ration

Condition
Pre-owned, excellent; stone tight with no chips or cracks; shiny patina
Size
3 1/4" x 1 1/4"
Weight
34 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
green turquoise, Read about stones
Hallmarks
stamped: STERLING
B.R. with his cloven hoof mark
Artist
Benson Ration, Navajo

About Native American authenticity.

Native American Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster Shadowbox Kachina pendant by Navajo Benson Ration

The shepherd's hook makes it easy to slip on a chain, cable, collar or beads.

Native American Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster Shadowbox Kachina pendant by Navajo Benson Ration

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Vintage Jewelry

Benson Ration - Navajo
Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster
Shadowbox Kachina Pendant

PP379 - $395 plus s/h
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Paula says - "The sterling silver surface of this pendant has cutout kokopelli and feather designs. The base layer underneath is oxidized to make it black. There is a space between the layers to give a shadowbox effect. The head to body attachment is hinged so there is movement and life as the pendant swings. The orange spiny oyster is set in a serrated bezel. Fine work by a renowned Navajo silversmith.

"Want your jewelry to look like new? Read my blog 'To Polish or Not to Polish'. If you would like me to polish this pendant before we ship it then put a note in the note section of the order page."

Native American Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster Shadowbox Kachina pendant by Navajo Benson Ration

Native American Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster Shadowbox Kachina pendant by Navajo Benson Ration

Native American Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster Shadowbox Kachina pendant by Navajo Benson Ration

The head to body attachment is hinged so there is movement and life as the pendant swings.

Sterling silver beads shown are not included.

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Native American Sterling Silver and Orange Spiny Oyster Shadowbox Kachina pendant by Navajo Benson Ration

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We were fortunate to obtain this and many other pieces from the estate of a collector who had a great appreciation for Benson and Benson Rations pieces.

Benson Ration was born in 1953 on the Canoncity Navajo reservation in New Mexico to Frances and John Ration. His brother Bennie was born in 1955. They are full blooded Navajo and come from a long line of silversmiths. Their father, John Ration, started teaching them the fundamentals of silversmithing in grade school. They helped their father who suggested that someday they might need to depend on silversmithing as their line of work.

After working with his father for a number of years, Benson developed his own style of kachina necklaces, pendants, bolo ties and earrings. Basing his three-dimensional figures on traditional kachina dancers, he uses a coping saw to cut the pieces from raw silver. He draws all of his designs on the metal freehand without using any stencils. He incorporates overlay in many of his pieces, often with corn and feather motifs.

Another unique aspect of his jewelry is that when you purchase a 3 piece necklace, for example, you have 3 pieces within the necklace that you can use separately if desired. Each component is designed to be used as a pendant and/or a pin.

Although the style of Benson's work is unmistakable, it does bear some similarity to the pieces of his brother, Bennie. Benson's hallmark is B. R. and a cloven hoof print.

Awards: 1996 Eight Northern Art Show 1st Place.

Corn is the symbol of sustenance, the staff of life and is an important symbol of many Native American tribes. Corn is considered a gift from the Great Spirit so its role is both as a food and a ceremonial object. Read more . . .

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 spirit.

SPINY OYSTER , not surprisingly, is an oyster that is covered with spines. Like coral or mother-of-pearl, the shell of spiny oyster is considered an organic gemstone. The portion of the shell used to make jewelry is Aragonite, which consists of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Aragonite has the same chemical formula as calcite. Spiny oysters are found along the Atlantic coast of Baja California and Baja Mexico. Common colors vary from orange, found in shallow waters, to red and purple from deeper waters. The shell is also found in white, yellow, pink and brown. Polished shell has definite striations and color variation. Red spiny oyster has been used as a subsititute for coral.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

 

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