Marrying his well-known mastery of overlay technique to his noted skill in design, and use of fine stones, this bolo is a quintessential example of the artist’s award-winning work.
The natural, sky-blue turquoise stones stand out in color, texture and form against the angular rain and wind shapes in the silver and darkened background.
Exceptional cabochons of high-grade Kingman turquoise have a subtle web pattern that resembles the ripple and movement of water – hence the name “water web”.
The angular top stone and the teardrop bottom turquoise together form a sort of abstract figure. Or, given the shape of the bolo itself ,and the symmetrical arrangement of the wind and cloud elements on either side, perhaps it represents a butterfly. Whatever the interpretation – or none – they are extremely special stones.
The silver work and the design of the bolo are also extraordinary: a virtuoso display of impeccably fabricated overlay, chiseling and stamping – all by hand, of course. Simple cylindrical tips finish the piece with elegant restraint.
This is a stop-and-look-twice bolo. It is very unusual and very handsome, with the rounded shield shape of the bolo, the raincloud designs set dramatically against the dark background silver, the interesting stepped, stamped frame – and the magnificent stones.