Begay - Navajo
#BOL47 - $745 SOLD
Paula says - "This heavy shadowbox bolo by Wilson and Carol Begay is highly collectible. The brilliant turquoise stone, which looks to be from the Blue Gem mine, is set in a micro-serrated bezel. Comes with new black leather cord with sterling silver tips."
Comes with a new braided black leather cord with sterling silver tips.
Wilson and Carol Begay, Navajo
Wilson Begay of Gallup, New Mexico is the acknowledged master of the art of sandcast jewelry. His well-known hallmark is a flat brimmed Navajo hat with WB under it. Wilson's father, Luke Begay, demonstrated the sandcast art to John Adair in the early 1930's when Adair was conducting a survey of native silversmiths for the Smithsonian Institute. Luke taught the skills of sandcasting to Wilson as a young man. Both of Carol's parents, Angela and Allen Chee, were also silversmiths. Wilson and Carol began working together in the 1960s and continue to make jewelry to this day, working out of their home in Gallup. They both create the designs, Wilson does the casting and foundation work, and Carol chooses the stones and sets them in bezels. Their two daughters, Nichole and Bonnie, are continuing the family tradition.
What is a Bolo Tie?
A 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:
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.
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