Blue turquoise containing large portions of brown matrix running throughout and sterling silver combine in this beautiful, traditional maiden pendant by Navajo silversmith Bennie Ration. The majority of the piece comprises sterling silver, while an unusually shaped turquoise piece is set in a simple sterling silver bezel to form the center of the body. The turquoise stone is surrounded at the base by a sterling silver rope pattern, followed by a sterling band stamped with fine lines, cut out along the edges, and featuring two rows of appliqued sterling silver dots on each side. A sterling silver maiden’s head, complete with deeply grooved rectangular eyes and a round, appliqued mouth, protrudes from the top of the body of the piece. The head is bordered by a sterling silver tableta on each side, stamped with scallop and step designs. The forehead of the piece is also stamped vertical and horizontal lines, with a delicate sterling silver feather finishing the top of the head. 2 1/8″ long including bail x 1 1/16″ wide.