This is a MASSIVE bolo slide! Again, this is a MASSIVE bolo slide! Based on my research and confirmed by my colleague, this bolo slide features a beautiful piece of what appears to be Chinese turquoise. Some of the best and highest quality turquoise in the world comes from China. Chinese turquoise collectability and cost per carat weight varies just like any other gemstone; based on mine/location, gem-grade quality, rarity, supply and demand, etc . The demand for turquoise has exponentially increased over the number of years. The highest demand for turquoise comes from China. The commercial jewelry industry has depleted many mines. When the turquoise fad struck in China, most of their turquoise that was mined ended up staying in China. To meet their supply and demand, China was importing much of our turquoise, too. The demand was so great that mines have been completed depleted and/or closed. What makes this piece so spectacular is the the shear size of this bolo slide! This bolo slide has the BIGGEST piece of BEAUTIFUL turquoise that I have had the pleasure of owning; now available for-sale out of my personal collection. The size of the turquoise measures approx. 3 1/4" long by 2 1/2" wide at the widest spot! It is a BEAUITUL piece of turquoise! Native American artists have been making jewelry using Chinese turquoise for quite sometime.
As mines run out, more artists will turn to other mines outside of the USA. Many Native American artists have branched into using other types of turquoise that isn't mined in the US due to availability issues, gem-grade turquoise, quality, desirability, costs, etc. Due to the pandemic, many mines has closed or reduced their mining operations. Over the years, many mines has closed due to depletion, regulation and operational cost prohibited, privately owned and mined, etc. The demand for turquoise in China for sleeping beauty turquoise increased so much that the supply could not meet the demand. The sleeping beauty mine ended up closing down. Many mines has closed prior to the sleeping beauty mine and many others will close due to depletion from commercial demand and other reasons.
This bolo tie is for a major collector or someone who wants to make a statement! This piece is unmarked by the maker, but has been tested and verified to be solid sterling silver. This wonderful bolo slide features hand-made sterling silver tips and none of those mass produced run of the mill tips. True bolo tie artists will make their own tips by hand vs. ordering machine made tips. Based on the back of this bolo slide, the artists appeared to be conflicted of whether to make it into a very large pin or a bolo slide. You can see where the artists must have soldered a huge pin back onto the back, but then decided to to make it into a massive bolo side. Again, I have never had this large of a piece of turquoise this beautiful or this large of a turquoise bolo slide.
This massive piece weighs a whopping 204 grams. As seen the pictures, this bolo slide is almost the size of my hand! The pictures do not do this piece justice whatsoever! This piece is so large and heavy that this slide has a very thick cord with a flat backing for comfort due to the weight. If you are looking to make a statement and add a huge piece to your collection, then do not look any further!
Approx. Total Weight: 204 Grams
Slide Length -4"
Slide Width - 3 1/4"
Turquoise Length - 3 1/4"
Turquoise Width - 2 1/2"
Tips - 2 1/2" Long
Massive Native American Chinese Turquoise Bolo Tie Necklace