Exceptionally large Navajo Kingman turquoise and sterling silver bolo by Avin Joe. This piece is a show stopper! 1 inch thick, 6 inches long, 4 inches wide and a whopping 980 carat stone. Premium grade A natural, untreated turquoise slab surrounded by classic Navajo twisted rope border with bead design. Stamped "Sterling" with maker initials "AJ" on back. Frame or wear!
Avin Joe, master Navajo silversmith born and raised on the Navajo Reservation, learned the trade through his father Phillip Joe who was taught by his uncle Kenneth Begay. Avin learned the basics through observation and developed his skills by taking silversmithing classes ag Ganado High School. During the next several years, Avin worked with various metals to learn their properties, reaction to heat, stamping, etc. and since the mid 1990s has worked almost exclusively in silver, perfecting his skills, to become a master silversmith, building top quality pieces featured in the finest galleries, museums and collections around the world.
PERIOD: 20th CenturyORIGIN: Southwest - Navajo, Native American
SIZE: 1" Thick, 6"L x 4"W, 980 carats