Fabulous, stunning, resplendent, magnificent, and any other adjectives of awed admiration you can think of, are appropriate to this breathtaking bolo. Designed with a traditional, ketoh-style in applied sterling silver, the award-winning artist applied 14-karat gold petroglyph designs over the darkened background in between the main silver element. These, and the narrow border, are highly polished to contrast. The elegant tips have panels that are darkened and applied with gold petroglyph designs, to match, and even the spacers are adorned with a single gold design, each.
The metal work would be gorgeous enough to make you gasp, but there is even more to admire: right in the center of the traditional silver “cricket” design, sits a superb, natural, hand-cut Bisbee turquoise. With its intense blue, and typical maroon-ish matrix, Bisbee is not only one of the rarest of all turquoise, but this is one of the finest examples of this coveted stone.
The mine is now closed; although there are stones from outlying areas that are called Bisbee, they do not look like this, the finest possible example. It is securely held by a sturdy, hand-cut, toothed silver bezel and four pairs of silver domes – one at top, bottom and each side.
The silver design features two fans of stylized feathers, and the gold petroglyph designs all convey good luck: the hands of blessing and protection, the spiral of water, lightning, a mountain sheep or goat, the sacred mountains, and stars that signify the four geographic directions. Similar elements are applied on the spacers and tips.
In terms of design, execution, meaning, and materials, this bolo is five-star; the absolute, very best there is.