Leagus Ahiyite made this beautiful channel inlay Thunderbird bolo tie. The stones are jet, turquoise, natural red coral, and mother of pearl. The tips have detailed ends. Perfect to wear as a tie or necklace. Signed on the back. Modeled by Michael Horse.
Size: 44" Total length, Pendant is 1.75" H x 1.375" W, Tips are 2.25" L
Channel inlay jewelry is a process used extensively by Native American jewelers, particularly those in Zuni Pueblo. Many other talented jewelers from other tribes in the Southwest also make channel inlay jewelry. The metal channel, usually silver, is soldered onto the back to create the design. Afterward, the stones are cut to fit into each section. It is an exacting process which shows in the beauty of the work of the finished piece(s).
Thunderbirds are powerful intelligent forces of nature related to thunder storms.