Offered for sale: Bolo with channel inlay using multiple types of stone inlay in the shape of the Native American bear by Alvin Yellowhorse.
The bear measures 3 3/8 inches by 1 7/8 inches. The bear is decorated in channel inlay a technique where the stones are cut and placed together stone on stone in the setting. Once all the stones are in place the stone inlay is ground down flush and then polished. Alvin Yellowhorse excels in this type of inlay as well as the corn row inlay a technique he invented. The bolo is amazing. When you run your fingers across the inlay, it feels like one stone rather than many. I have found that some of the imports which copy the Native American designs use a 'gloss' coat the make the item feel smooth. Even then you can feel all of the joints.
The stones found in this bolo include turquoise, lapis, malachite, spiny oyster, onyx, MOP, along with one stone I can not identify a light purple stone with a satin finish possibly a purple dyed spiny oyster.
The bolo is on a braided leather necklace with Sterling Silver tips on each end. The hardware on the back of the bolo is 2 large open circles of silver through which the leather necklace is threaded. The bolo could be made into a necklace by replacing the braided leather with chains. The double circles are different from the normal bolo hardware which is usually not silver and which involves a locking mechanism.
The bolo is signed on the back 'Sterling', 'Navajo', 'Alvin Yellowhorse' with a picture of a horse on its back legs which is the normal hallmark for Alvin Yellowhorse.
Item ID: 18011
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Fine, Native American: Costume: Silver Jewelry: lay-away available.
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