Here we have a modernist inlay bolo tie with bright blue turquoise set in silver, in a fish scale pattern. This type of work is called "channel inlay," in which pieces of gemstone--in this case turquoise--are separated by thin borders of sterling silver. It is a complex process in which the artist must cut and shape the stones precisely to fit the shapes created by the silver outline. In this particular case, the result is a beautiful mosaic, the differing hues of blue creating waves of color across the surface. This style was pervasive in the 1970s. This piece is unsigned, so while we cannot say with certain that it is Native American, we believe it is Zuni.
The bolo measures just under 1" at the widest point, about 1-3/16" across at the most narrow, by about 1-1/4" long. The slide (primary bolo piece) has a Bennett clasp attached, black leather lariat, and sterling silver tips. The silver has some small scratches. However, the turquoise is well seated, and the piece is in good vintage condition.
A popular 70s style, still collected today.
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