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Effie Calavaza - Zuni Sterling Silver
Vintage Turquoise Snake Bolo Tie

HK Item #BOL21

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Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie Effie Calavaza

Size
Leather portion is 33" long;
Slide is 2 3/4" tall x 2" wide;
Tips are 2 1/2" long
Material
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Turquoise, Read about stones
Leather
Weight
94 grams
Hallmark
EFFIE C.
ZUNI
Artists
Effie Calavaza, Zuni

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of Native American Indian jewelry
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Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie Effie Calavaza

All Sterling Silver - slide and tips.

Effie Calavaza - Zuni
Vintage Sterling Silver
Turquoise Snake Bolo - #BOL21

$250 plus s/h (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie Effie Calavaza

Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie Effie Calavaza

Bennett clasp.
Stamped "EFFIE C. ZUNI".

 

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Store Policies

The Snake

The snake in some Native American cultures represents speed and swiftness, the same properties as lightning or the lightning arrow and they often have a similar visual form. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Rather, the snake represents abundant rainfall, fertility and healing. Snake symbols are rarely seen in Navajo jewelry and art but are often used by Zuni.

We here in northern Colorado live with snakes on a seasonal basis - they are part of the landscape and ecosystem. Since our climate is semi-arid, we welcome the abundant rainfall the snake might bring.

Effie Calavaza

Zuni artist,Effie Calavaza is from Zuni, New Mexico. She is famous for her snake designs. She learned silversmithing from her husband Juan Calavaza and has been making her own designs since 1956. Her pieces are collected throughout the world.

What is a Bolo Tie?

Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationA bolo tie, also called a “shoestring necklace” or simply a bola, can be thought of as a Western necktie. A bolo tie can range from an inexpensive “string tie” to an elaborate sterling silver and leather affair. Maybe your younger brother had one of those string ties that he wore with his cowboy hat and cap guns ??!!

A bolo has three parts:

  • The cord that goes around the neck is called the lariat. It is traditionally braided from leather, and most commonly black leather. The lariat can also be made from woven cord, thus the term “string tie”.

  • The ends of the lariat are finished off with tips. The tips can be made of sterling silver, copper or other metals. They can be machine made tips or hand made tips.

  • And finally we get to the Pièce de résistance which means the focal point, the best part or feature, the artistic creation for which the other portions exist! The slide. The slide is a decorative feature that, as its name indicates, slides up and down on the lariat. The slide can be worn up at the neck in the same position as a necktie knot (formal) or down lower for a more casual effect. Slides can vary as widely as the artist’s imagination and can utilize many materials.
NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.

Our Rescue Mission

We are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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