Beautiful High-Grade Turquoise Cluster Bola Tie

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Artist Unknown
  • Category: Bola Tie - Bolo Tie
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Turquoise
  • Size: 3” x 2-⅝”; tips: 1-¾” x 1-⅜”
  • Item # C4125C
  • Price: $950.00

Close up view of the turquoise medallion.

It is sometimes difficult to tell whether cluster work jewelry was made by a Zuni artist or a Diné artist. However, since the custom of working with smaller pieces of stone was originally a Zuni style, we are attributing this amazing bola tie as having been made at Zuni.  Zunis have been known for millennia as the finest lapidary artists, their skill with working with stone predates the arrival of the Europeans.

The beauty of the gem grade turquoise in this piece is breathtaking. The depth of color and quality of the turquoise are exceptional. An unknown lapidary artist skillfully cut multiple pieces of high grade turquoise and set them in handmade saw-tooth bezels. The medallion includes three rows of stones separated by small lines of twisted wire. The outer edge is framed by a series of silver drops. The tips are comprised of a center of three stones surrounded by twisted wire that was then framed in a circle of turquoise. This bola dates from the 1940s or 50s and the craftsmanship is stunning. It is a piece that is both modern and traditional at the same time.


Condition: The Beautiful High-Grade Turquoise Cluster Bola Tie is in very good condition. The stones are intact and secure in the bezels. The leather is slightly worn, but still in good shape.

Provenance: From the Southwest Indian Jewelry collection of a resident from Maryland

Recommended Reading: Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths by John Adair

Close up view of the turquoise tips.

Artist Unknown
  • Category: Bola Tie - Bolo Tie
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Turquoise
  • Size: 3” x 2-⅝”; tips: 1-¾” x 1-⅜”
  • Item # C4125C
  • Price: $950.00

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