Monty Claw is a young artist who has earned major awards for his beadwork regalia, as well as for his jewelry.
He favors tufa-cast silver pieces, like this unique and fabulous bolo.
A quartet of gracefully formed butterflies flit along a background of slightly darkened silver.
Their wings are decorated with breathtakingly dainty filaments, a major achievement, when carving the crumbly tufa (a naturally compressed volcanic ash), and a sign of superior skill.
Raised, polished silver flowers sit high above the background silver, between three of the butterflies, adding sparkle to the piece.
Beloved for their graceful beauty, butterflies are also revered symbols of good luck, prosperity and abundance for most southwest tribes; as they flutter from flower to flower, they help to pollinate plants and crops.
These butterflies look as delicate as their real counterparts, but are in a substantial gauge of silver.
Cylindrical tips are lightly textured and simple, to keep attention on the bolo itself.
Bold and beautiful, this extraordinary bolo celebrates the beauty of nature, and prosperity, with remarkable expertise, as well as artistic vision.
It can be shared between a couple, since its dramatic look is equally suited to men and/or women.
The hand-braided leather cord can be shortened, or even replaced, if you wish.
One-of-a-kind in intriguing design, exemplary in execution, this is a real WOW piece, by an emerging jewelry star.