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G. Calavaza - Zuni Sterling Silver
Vintage Turquoise Snake Bolo Tie

HK Item #BOL22

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Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie G. Calavaza

Size
Leather portion is 36" long;
Slide is 3" tall x 2 1/4" wide;
Tips are 3 1/2" long including dangles
Material
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Turquoise, Read about stones
Leather
Weight
105 grams
Hallmark
G. CALAVAZA
ZUNI NM
Artist
G. Calavaza, Zuni

Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie G. Calavaza

Slide is 3" tall x 2 1/4" wide.
Bennett clasp.

G. Calavaza - Zuni
Vintage Sterling Silver
Turquoise Snake Bolo - #BOL22

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Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie G. Calavaza

All Sterling Silver - slide and tips.

Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie G. Calavaza

Stamped "G. CALAVAZA ZUNI NM" on the back of the slide and on each of the snake dangles.

Navajo sterling silver and turquoise snake bolo tie G. Calavaza

Tips are 3 1/2" long including snake dangles.

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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.

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.

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