Vintage turquoise bolo tie channel inlay with black onyx Native American Indian bola

$128.00

Here we have a modernist inlay bolo tie with stripes of deep blue-green (almost aqua) turquoise with caramel colored matrix, a stripe of black onyx set, and stripes of different sized silver. This type of work is called "channel inlay," in which pieces of turquoise and onyx are separated by 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. The result is a beautiful mosaic, the differing hues of blue-green contrasting with the silver and black. This style was pervasive in the 1970s and 80s. This piece is unsigned, so while we cannot say with certain that it is Native American, we believe it is Zuni or Navajo.

The bolo measures about 1-1/8" at the widest point, about 1-1/2" long. The bezel containing the channel inlay portion is 3/4" wide by 1" long. The slide (primary bolo piece) has a nickel Bennett clasp attached, black leather lariat, and sterling silver tips. The silver foundation, which is marked STERLING on the back, has small scratches consistent with age. Otherwise in good vintage condition.

A great modernist look.


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