Hachita Turquoise Bolo
Hachita Turquoise Bolo made by the amazing Leonard Nez. This striking pendant features a piece of Hachita turquoise set in silver scrollwork made of heavy gauge sterling silver. The slide measures 2-3/8″L by 2-1/4″W and the tips measure 2-3/8″. The total length of the black leather cord is 43″L.
Hachita turquoise is from a group of mines near Old Hachita, Grant County, New Mexico. They include the Azure, Cameo, Galilee, and Aztec claims. The name “Hachita” comes from the Spanish term for “Little Hatchet”. The small town itself was located in the foothills of the Little Hatchet Mountains in the Hachita Valley of New Mexico. The hachita turquoise deposits lie in a location known as Turquoise Mountain about 6 mile west of the town.
Native American Artist: Leonard Nez
Fine chisel, stamp work and deeply grooved silver overlay are the hallmarks of Navajo Leonard Nez’s silver jewelry whose work is featured in the Smithsonian Institute. By combining the elements of the traditional with the contemporary in detailed scrollwork and classic feather styling, Nez’s work is distinct and recognizable.
Born in Keams Canon, Arizona, Nez met his wife Marian through his sister. It was Marian, a silversmith in her own right, who first taught Nez jewelry-making. In 1977, he made his first pieces and by1993 he began showing his work. He is consistently the recipient of awards and his work can be found in private collections, which include a silver bowl at the Smithsonian. An avid horseman and highly skilled team roper, he divides his time between his silver work and the rodeo circuit.
He attributes his inspiration to God and says that sometimes design ideas come to him while he is in church.
I want each piece to be better than the last. I do my own designs, the ones that speak to me. — Nez