An authentic Navajo Native American Bolo Tie. The bolo tie is made of sterling silver, turquoise, coral, and leather. The leather cord is hand-braided, and measures about 38. The world has had a fascination for turquoise for over 7000 years.
The oldest known example of any jewelry was a carved turquoise and gold bracelet found on the mummy of an Egyptian queen. In the American Southwest, Native Americans have mined turquoise since prehistoric times. Many legends surround turquoise, it is believed to bring good fortune and health. While turquoise was once used as currency in the American Southwest, it has been treasured as an adornment throughout the centuries worldwide. The evolution of turquoise jewelry from its appeal as southwestern, Native American or tourist jewelry, to one of the most coveted gems set in designer jewelry worldwide.
Coveted, that is, only if you are talking about true, genuine turquoise. And so our turquoise love story continues.
While the demand for turquoise has increased dramatically, the supply of genuine turquoise is limited. Many people agree with the version of the bolo tie's history as related by Manny Goodman, the one-time owner of a New Mexican Indian craft store called The Covered Wagon. Goodman shared his recollection of Albuquerque in the 1930s, when Navajo, Hopi and Zuni men began clasping together bandannas around their necks. They used a shell or a silver conch to hold the ends together and to adjust the fit. Other men used a string rather than a bandanna, and the bolo tie look was born.
Beyond the southwest, however, Argentine cowboys were wearing their version of the bolo tie, but with leather straps. Other historians point to the American pioneer tradition of wearing kerchiefs or modified ties around the neck during the mid-to-late 1800s. The item "VINTAGE STERLING SILVER NATIVE AMERICAN BOLO TIE NECKLACE RED CORAL TURQUOISE" is in sale since Thursday, April 26, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry".The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.