8.6 mm handmade stamped beads strung on chain.
Kachinas are 4" x 1 1/2" and 4" x 2".
Hooks on the backs allow the pieces to be disassembled and worn as individual pins or pendants.
Each kachina has a hook and a pin finding.
Benson Ration, Navajo
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."
Kachina drop with banded amethyst stone is 3 1/4" x 1 1/4".
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.
Sterling silver hook and eye closure.
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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|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.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|