This stunning bolo tie is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece from internationally renowned contemporary Native American jeweler Michael Kirk of Isleta Pueblo and Navajo decent. With unique Indian Mountain Turquoise set into an exquisitely detailed 18k gold, this high-end bear claw design is a true statement piece meant to be shown off. This bolo tip is complete is a high quality chocolate brown braided leather cord accented with 18k gold barrel beads and end tips, both set with turquoise.
Indian Mountain Turquoise is an extremely rare collector's item admired for its beautiful spider web veining, and in Michael's hands this hard-to-find turquoise becomes a breathtaking statement piece, this handcrafted bolo tie is a truly a wow piece for your wardrobe.
- Bolo tie handcrafted by Michael Kirk (Isleta Pueblo/Navajo)
- 18k gold
- Indian Mountain turquoise
- Bolo tie measures 3-3/4” x 2” on 51” brown leather braided cord
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
Michael Kirk is an internationally renowned jewelry artist of Isleta Pueblo and Navajo descent. He is known for his high end and one-of-a-kind gold and silver jewelry pieces that use precious and semi-precious gemstones of the highest quality. Kirk has been creating pieces since 1971. He is seen as a pioneer in the Native American jewelry world for his use of gold.
Kirk creates pieces using a variety of traditional techniques, including mosaic inlay, sand-casting and the nearly lost art of hand-rolled bead making. One of his signature designs is delicately engraved feather pieces, though he is also known for his cutting-edge and contemporary work that challenges common beliefs about what Native American jewelry is.
Kirk has won the Best of Jewelry award at Santa Fe Indian Market and a first place award at the Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial. In 1997, Kirk was named Artist of the Year by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.See Featured Artist Page
Today there is a vibrant community of Native American jewelers creating contemporary styles that challenge traditional forms, techniques and materials. Some artists experimented by working in gold or using gemstones like opals and diamonds that were not typically used in Native American jewelry. Others presented Native American symbols and icons in modern, stylized ways. Though artists began experimenting in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not until the 1970s that these innovative styles were embraced by the market. Since then, contemporary styles have flourished, bringing Native American jewelry to an international audience. By pushing boundaries, contemporary artists have truly elevated the technical expertise and sophistication of Native American jewelry, bringing it to the level of couture fashion and fine art.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector’s Guide.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
At the Indian Pueblo Store we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.