Reimagined Components: We found this sterling silver concho bolo slide with an empty bezel in a silver scrap pile in Cottonwood AZ. We then decided to give it a new life by adding this lovely labradorite stone and managed to scrounge up these bolo tips from a second hand pile of jewelry parts in Quartzsite AZ. We strung it on 34" thick leather and this adjustable length bolo was created.
Components Found in: Cottonwood AZ & Quartzsite AZ
There are documented cases of Native American men wearing bandanas around their neck, held together by earthen objects like Shells in the 1930s. However, other sources give an Arizona silversmith the credit with devising the bolo tie after being praised on the tie from hat strings around his neck.
Lore of the Inuit peoples says that Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis, an ordinary stone that transforms to the extraordinary, shimmering in a mystical light that separates the waking world from unseen realms. It is, in every sense, a Stone of Magic, a crystal of shamans, diviners, healers, and all who travel and embrace the universe seeking knowledge and guidance. For self-discovery, it is excellent for awakening one's own awareness of inner spirit, intuition and psychic abilities.
As the matriarch of the subconscious mind, Labradorite brings forgotten memories to light and facilitates their understanding. It encourages contemplation and introspection, bringing the clarity of intellectual thought and intuitive wisdom to help dispel illusion, determine the root cause of an issue, and bring one to peace. It is an uplifting crystal, helping to banish fears and insecurities while enhancing faith and reliance in oneself and trust in the universe.
Concho is the Spanish word for “seashell”. They are popular designs in Navajo and other Native American silversmithing, most often shaped as a circle or oval disc used to adorn leather goods such as belts, straps, bolos, saddles, hand bags, and more. The craftsmanship of the concho has evolved overtime, starting out as a hammered and engraved melted coins in the 1860s-1880s, which did not require any soldering. As the native tribes started to learn and incorporate soldering in the early 1900s, the intricacy of the conchos grew more and more complex.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.