Multi Stone Cobble Inlay Bolo
Sterling Silver, Battle Mountain Turquoise, Orange Spiny Oyster, Ironwood, and Black Jade Cobble Inlay Bolo By Artist Jack Tom. This bolo features sterling silver bezel set cobble inlay with multi-stones, sterling silver bars in between, a brown leather cord silver around the leather and sterling silver squash blossom dangling on the tips. This bolo measures 3 inches and is 42 inches.
History of Native American Jewelry
Native American Jewelry has a unique past. Knowing that story is the key to understanding the Indian jewelry styles of today. Native Americans started making silver jewelry in the late 1800’s when the Spaniards came, making jewelry, ornaments for their horses and trinkets for barter. But the Indian jewelry made before this time provided the foundation for their own style. Although the tribes and their styles vary, some common themes persist. There is significant evidence of beaded Turquoise jewelry. Turquoise and shell, paired with feathers would be strung and hung from every place possible. Gold and Silver was worked by the Native peoples of Mexico and Central America since the time of the Aztec, so its possible Native American tribes living in the southwest region could be aware of metal working in some way much earlier than the Spanish arrival.