Vintage Zuni Belt Buckle & Bolo Tie
Vintage Zuni Belt Buckle & Bolo tie made in the 1920’s by Helen & Lincoln Zunie. This set features spiny oyster, turquoise, mother-of-pearl and onyx inlay in the shape of a covered wagon. The wheels actually turn! It’s set in sterling silver. The bolo on a black leather cord with silver tips measures 2-3/4″ Lx 2″ W and the full length of the bolo tie is 38″. The belt buckle 3-1/2″ L x 2-1/2″ W. They are sold as a set only.
History of Zuni Jewelry
The Zuni Native American Indian Pueblo is located 32 miles southwest of Gallup, New Mexico. They have been known for making Needlepoint (tiny needle shaped stones), Petitpoint (tiny round, oval or square stones) and Turquoise Inlaid Jewelry since the early 20th century.
The Zuni Indians focus on stone cutting. They make simplistic silver pieces to accommodate their intricate stonework. Rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants, pins and necklaces are made with fine and delicate turquoise and other gemstones set in artistic designs.
This New Mexico Pueblo Indian tribe is very traditional and religious, which is reflected in their art. The Zuni people have been skilled lapidary artisans since ancient times. These stone lapidary skills, which had developed over the years, were easily applied to the creation of ornamental jewelry. With the incorporation of an expertise in silversmithing, the Zuni have taken the art of stone decorative jewelry to another level with their complex inlay channel designs, fine turquoise petit point as well as hand carved fetish jewelry. They have developed a unique look which can be easily spotted by collectors and jewelry connoisseurs alike.