Kingman Turquoise Bolo Tie with Carved Arrow
This amazing Kingman Turquoise Bolo Tie with an arrow carving is made with sterling silver and a natural gem quality Kingman Arizona turquoise by Native American artist White Buffalo. This extraordinary bolo tie features a striking piece of natural Kingman turquoise set in sterling silver. The silver work that surrounds the turquoise is museum quality. The accent tips at the end of the braided leather cord features two Kingman turquoise stones set in sterling silver. The slide measures 2-7/8 inches long by 1-2/3 inches at the widest part. The braided leather cord and silver tips measures 26 inches long.
The name “White Buffalo,” comes from a Lakota word, meaning articulate and open. Raised in Shiprock on the Navajo reservation, White Buffalo is of Mexican and Comanche heritage. Creating jewelry and sculpting comes naturally to him.
It is not difficult to interface your creative needs with what happens in your life,” he says. As for his style, he says he doesn’t have one. “I don’t do the same piece over and over. That is why I create only about 15 pieces a year. I am fascinated with things that move. I want to bring more life into my work.”
Native American Artist: White Buffalo
White Buffalo has won over 300 awards for his intricately designed jewelry. With a heritage of the Comanche and Navajo influences from his wife’s family, White Buffalo’s began his career in silver-smithing in the early 1970’s.
Over the next two decades, White Buffalo gained recognition for his masterfully designed works, which include a bicentennial piece in the Smithsonian Institute. In 1976 his designs captured Best of Indian Market in Santa Fe and he has won in every category at the Gallup Indian Ceremonial.
In the 1980s, White Buffalo was honored the title Grand Master of Silver by the world’s largest silver refiner, Handy & Harmon. In the 1990’s, White Buffalo was invited to participate in the DeBeers International Diamond Competition with some of the best jewelers in the world. Recently, White Buffalo celebrated his 45th anniversary of working with silver and gold. His son Al Perez is now his right-hand man, making it five generations of silver-smithing in his family.