Main Stone: Number Eight Turquoise. Main Stone Measurements/Color: Measures 22.8 mm long by 14.1 mm wide, Opaque blue hue with light brown striations. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.Stone Cuts: Inlaid Teardrop Cabochon Cut. Item Measurements: The bolo tie has a length of 37 long.
The slider itself measures 2.17" wide by 1.53" wide. Men's or Women's: Unisex. This lovely item was handmade by a talented Navajo artisan. This item features an inlaid teardrop cabochon in the center of a smooth. The tie portion of the bolo tie is composed of braided imitation leather.
The faux leather is a sparkly silver hue, which is lovely against one another when braided. The very ends of the tie portion of the bolo tie are adorned with an end cap with large, disk-like scalloped beads. This item is fairly tarnished in the low relief areas as well as on the bezel portion of the slider, which is to be expected of an item this age, and adds to the character of this item.The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith.
It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular.Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s. When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. The Navajo Nation sits on 27,000 square miles within the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The Navajo have a rich history and culture and have become known for creating some of the finest sterling silver and turquoise jewelry, incorporating their own traditional motifs with silversmithing. The squash blossom necklace is perhaps one the most famous Navajo styles produced, along with turquoise inlay rings. Turquoise is an important stone in Navajo culture; symbolizing happiness, good fortune, and good health.
The first Navajo silversmith, Atsidi Sani, was taught around 1865 by a Mexican silversmith. Atsidi Sani in turn taught his four sons, who then started teaching other Navajo artisans. In the beginning, Navajo artisans created sterling silver jewelry for themselves and others in the Navajo Nation. Native American coin jewelry was originally worn by Native Americans on the reservation as a status symbol.
Due to its unique appearance, coin jewelry became wildly popular at trading posts, and 90% silver coins were used by Native American jewelers for most of the twenty-first century, through the end of the 1960s. Navajo silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned about stamping from Mexican leather workers, and adopted this to their metal working. Artisans made their own stamps that were passed down to each generation. Stampings are usually hand hammered using handcrafted or die stamps and include traditional Native American symbols, such as sunbursts, to ornate landscapes. This technique has been passed on and utilized by other Native American tribes and continues to be a popular method of jewelry making.
Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing.
8 was first mined in Nevada in 1929 until the mine was fully depleted. It is famous for its fine golden-brown to black spiderweb matrix, with a background that ranges from powder blue to deep blue; with deep blue being the most desired. Since this turquoise is no longer available, and because of its high demand, it is very rare. The item "Antique Vintage Native Sterling Silver Navajo Number Eight #8 Turquoise Bolo Tie" is in sale since Saturday, May 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Men's Accessories\Ties".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.