Navajo artist Lloyd Bencenti 15 Horse Storyteller Overlay Necklace

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Navajo artist Lloyd Bencenti 15 Horse Storyteller Overlay Necklace

$2,000.00

Navajo artist Lloyd Bencenti 15 Horse Storyteller Overlay Necklace. Sterling Silver 22″ – 30″ drop with matching earrings. Sold as a set.

Product Description

Navajo artist Lloyd Bencenti 15 Horse Storyteller Overlay Necklace. Sterling Silver 22″ – 30″ drop with matching earrings. Sold as a set.

Lloyd Bencenti jewelry is showcased showcased in museums and galleries thru-out the southwest including the Smithsonian. He is known as a MASTER SILVERSMITH – and this 15 Horse Storyteller necklace and earrings set is a true testament of his skills.

It is understood throughout the industry that Lloyd has retired and will not be making any more of these necklace and earrings sets.

Storyteller jewelry shows Navajo life. The activities surrounding their lives such as cooking, weaving, livestock, driving a wagon to town and much more. The scenery of the area such as buttes, trees and shrubs and sometimes clouds are also often depicted within the main imagery.

Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are “sweated” together, that is heated so that they become one.

The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it.

According to Hallmarks of the Southwest by Barton Wright, variations of the B-C-T hallmark have been used by the Becenti family (also spelled Bicenti) for years including Floyd, Lloyd, Richard, Robert and Robert Jr.

Lloyd Becenti also uses a small LL. BCT and a large LL. The typical variations include: B-C-T, B-¢-t, and BCT with a copyright symbol along with other variations. The most famous tool stamp with the cent mark has been passed around in the family but has been reported lost, stolen and hidden over the years so various other marks have been used.