This bolo tie is part of the "Bear Track" collection by Michael Horse. The sterling silver setting is tufa cast - more about that below. Michael set a large natural Kingman turquoise nugget in the paw part of the bear track. The braided black leather cord is of excellent quality. The sterling silver tips end in round arrowheads.
Bears are associated with healing at all levels, protection, and a reminder to restore oneself during the winter months. In some traditions a part of the bear is rubbed all over infants to imbue them with power, strength, and good health.
Size: Leather -50" long / Bear track - 2.25" H x 2.75" W / Turquoise - 1.325" x 1.325" W - Tips 4.25" L
Tufa is a volcanic stone which can be as dense as chalk which has an organic texture. The first thing a jeweler does is examine a piece of tufa for any tiny fractures. If it looks good, the tufa is cut in half and, if there is a design, it is carved into the tufa. There is a pour hole carved into the top and several narrow vents carved into each side. The two pieces are then bound together tightly and molten silver or gold is poured through the hole at the top. If there are any microscopic cracks, the tufa explodes when the metal is poured in and the process has to begin again.