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Benson Ration, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Kachina Pin/Pendants and Bead Necklace
HK Item #N561

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Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Size
24" end to end;
kachinas are 4" x 1 1/2" and 4" x 2";
center bar is 2 1/4" x 1 1/4";
drop with stone is 3 1/4" x 1 1/4";
8.6 mm handmade beads
Weight
231 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
amethyst, Read about stones
Condition
pre-owned, excellent; bright patina; no missing pieces; stone firmly set with no cracks or chips
Hallmarks
stamped: BR STERLING
Artist
Benson Ration, Navajo

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

8.6 mm handmade stamped beads strung on chain.

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Kachinas are 4" x 1 1/2" and 4" x 2".

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Hooks on the backs allow the pieces to be disassembled and worn as individual pins or pendants.

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Each kachina has a hook and a pin finding.

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Sterling Silver Kachina Pin/Pendants
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Paula says - "Benson Ration's necklaces are some of the most interesting I have ever seen. The detailed workmanship is exquisite. This stamped bead necklace can be worn alone and the pieces can be worn separately as pins or pendants and can be used on other beads, chains or collars. Very cool design."

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Kachina drop with banded amethyst stone is 3 1/4" x 1 1/4".

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Shadowbox bar is 2 1/4" x 1 1/4" and is topped by an adobe building, a kiva and a seed pot. Cut out designs depict a feather and a corn plant.

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver kachina and stamped bead necklace by Navajo artist Benson Ration

Sterling silver hook and eye closure.

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About Benson Ration

Navajo silversmith Benson Ration was born in 1953. He and his brother, Bennie Ration, were taught silversmithing by their father, John Benson. Benson Ration makes many types of jewelry but is well known for his versatile kachina necklaces, which can be taken apart and the individual pieces worn separately. He stamps his work BR along with a hoof print, which signifies his clan.

What 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 spirit. Banded Amethyst AKA Chevron Amethyst

Amethyst is the name given to transparent to translucent purple quartz. It often forms in alternating bands with white to clear quartz. The resulting material is called Banded Amethyst or sometimes Chevron Amethyst. The Banded Amethyst used to produce these stones was mined in Namibia (Africa).

What is Banded Amethyst aka Chevron Amethyst?

Amethyst is transparent to translucent purple quartz. It often forms in alternating bands with white to clear quartz. The resulting material is called Banded Amethyst or sometimes Chevron Amethyst. The Banded Amethyst used to produce this cabochon was mined in Namibia, Africa.

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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Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe 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.

Often 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.

Melt 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.

We 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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