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Benson Ration, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Coral Kachina Pin Pendant
HK Item #P484

Authentic Native American sterling silver, coral Kachina Pin Pendant by Navajo artisan Benson Ration

size
3 1/8" tall including bail x 1 1/8" wide;
5/8" long pin
weight
30 grams
material
coral, Read about stones;
sterling silver, Read about silver;
hallmark
stamped: BR antelope tracks STERLING
artists
Benson Ration, Navajo
condition
pre-owned, medium patina; no dents or deep scratches; stone firmly set with no cracks or chips

About Native American authenticity.

Authentic Native American sterling silver, coral Kachina Pin Pendant by Navajo artisan Benson Ration

Shepherd's hook and pin finding so this can be worn as a pin or as a pendant.

 

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Benson Ration, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Coral Kachina Pin Pendant

P484 - $275 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Authentic Native American sterling silver, coral Kachina Pin Pendant by Navajo artisan Benson Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver, coral Kachina Pin Pendant by Navajo artisan Benson Ration

 

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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.

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 B.R. along with a hoof print that signifies his clan.

About Red Coral

Red Coral is the common name given to Corallium Rubrum and several related species of marine coral. Red coral is a collection of hundreds of tiny animals living together in a colonies that resemble small leafless bushes growing on dark, rocky seabottom. The coral skeleton is composed hard calcium carbonate, colored in shades of red from pale pink to deep red. It can be semi-translucent to opaque. It is naturally matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine. Red coral is frequently dyed to enhance color and it can also be impregnated with resins or epoxies to fill surface fissures and flaws.

Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. The Romans believed coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure bites from snakes and scorpions and diagnose diseases by changing colour. Read more . . .

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewerly 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.

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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