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Mike Begay, Navajo
Vintage 1970s Sterling Silver
Natural Kingman Turquoise
Double Claw Bolo Tie

HK Item #BOL75

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Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver, natural Kingman turquoise and two claws bolo tie by Navajo artist Mike Begay

Size
slide is 3 7/8" tall x 2 1/2" wide
40" lariat, including tips;
2 1/24" long tips
Materials
turquoise, Read about stones;
sterling silver, Read about silver;
claws;
leather cord;
Bennett-style clasp
Weight
83 grams
Hallmark
inscribed: conjoined MB
Artist
Mike Begay, Navajo
Origin
Estate lot

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Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver, turquoise and two claws bolo tie by Navajo artist Mike Begay

Bennett-style clasp.
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Mike Begay - Navajo
Vintage 1970s Sterling Silver and
Natural Kingman Turquoise
Double Claw and Bolo Tie

#BOL75 - $450

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Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver, turquoise and two claws bolo tie by Navajo artist Mike Begay

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver, turquoise and two claws bolo tie by Navajo artist Mike Begay

Tips are 2 1/2" long.

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver, turquoise and two claws bolo tie by Navajo artist Mike Begay

Cord is 40" long including tips.

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.

 

Kingman Turquoise

The Kingman mine, located in Mohave County, Arizona, has been operated by the Colbaugh family since the 1970's. It is known for producing bright blue stones with white and black matrix, considered by many to be the best turquoise in North America. Old authentic natural Kingman turquoise is extremely rare.

In the 1950s S. A. "Chuck" Colbaugh developed a modern method for stabilizing the color and strength of turquoise. It is an expensive process that takes over 3 months to assure that the turquoise does not crack while being treated. Basically, the moisture is removed from the stone and replaced with an optically clear resin, the same type as used in jet fighter windows. The turquoise is then allowed to dry naturally for two to three months. Although other mines have turquoise stabilization facilities, those at the Kingman mine are widely regarded as the best.

Marty Colbaugh (Chuck Colbaugh's grandson) now runs the Kingman mine and continues the stabilizing tradition began by his grandfather. He says if natural turquoise is not treated, it can become oxidized with oils from the skin and change color. The products that Kingman uses for stabilizing turquoise are clear and no dyes are ever used so the natural turquoise color is preserved and no discoloration occurs.

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.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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