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Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver
Turquoise and Coral Bolo Tie

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Navajo Bear Claw Necklace

Tie 37" from tip to tip.

Braided black leather tie.

All Sterling Silver - Slide and Tips.

Navajo Bear Claw Necklace

Length (tip to tip)
37"
Stones
3 Coral, 2 Turquoise
Weight
40 grams
Hallmark
Sterling
Origin
Read below.

Vintage Navajo
Turquoise and Coral Bolo Tie

$225 SOLD

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Navajo Bear Claw Necklace

Lovely leaves, flower, scroll work and raindrops
surrounded by a stamped border
lined with rope braid.

Three very nice coral pieces and
two turquoise nuggets

Navajo Bear Claw Necklace
Back is stamped "Sterling".

Bennett-style clasp.

 

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Store Policies

 

We recently purchase a vintage Native American collection from an acquaintance who had inherited his grandmother's jewelry. To the best of his knowledge, his grandmother acquired the pieces in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. from Navajo and Navajo artists in Arizona and New Mexico and from local Native American jewelry dealers in California.

We have found many artists’ hallmarks on the items and recognize the work of a number of artists. On others we will provide all of the information we can and welcome questions. Some of the items were obvious favorites and were worn often and have a warm patina while others were treasured, collected, stored in a drawer, and look almost new. As we list these pieces, we will differentiate between them and our new Native American jewelry by using a different color page and by calling these "Pawn" even though they technically are not Pawn, but that is often a word used to describe pre-owned vintage Native American jewelry. Read more about Indian Pawn.

We will list each of these items in their appropriate category (such as bolos or bracelets) as well as in a special section in our Vintage Shop.

If you have any questions, please contact Paula at  . She would also welcome any information you might have about any of the artists or pieces. Thank you !

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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