This channel inlay bolo tie and belt buckle set reveals the elegant art of Dennis and Nancy Edaakie. The Edaakies are famed for their innovative, exquisitely detailed bird scenes created through the overlay inlay technique. Each piece in this set features a vividly rendered blue jay of jet, turquoise and mother of pearl perched atop an abalone branch, with a colorful border of alternating blue turquoise and red coral. The matching bolo tie and belt buckle are masterful expressions of color, detail and artistry.
- Bolo and belt buckle handcrafted by Dennis and Nancy Edaakie (Zuni)
- Sterling Silver
- Blue turquoise, red coral, mother of pearl, jet and abalone shell
- Braided leather tie with sterling silver end caps
- Buckle measures 3” x 2-1/4” and fits a 1-3/8” belt
- Bolo measures 2-1/2” x 2-3/4” on 25” long leather cord
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Contemporary Zuni artists Dennis and Nancy Edaakie have been making jewelry for over 50 years. They are widely known for their handcrafted pieces that feature finely detailed bird imagery and complex scenes that they create using the overlay inlay technique, similar to Hopi overlay. Their bird jewelry, first created in 1970 at the urging of traders Ruth and Leon Ingram, launched their career and they have since handcrafted jewelry with blue jays, hummingbirds, roadrunners, eagles, quails and other birds. Their sons also create handcrafted overlay inlay jewelry.
For more than 50 years, Dennis and Nancy Edaakie have used traditional techniques to create innovative jewelry with beautiful and unexpected imagery. This one-of-a-kind bolo tie and belt buckle set is a sophisticated work of art that expresses the detail and craftsmanship of their work.
Zuni overlay inlay is very similar to Hopi overlay, a sophisticated jewelry technique developed by Hopi silversmiths in the decades just before and after World War II. In Hopi overlay, the artists cuts a design out of silver, then solders this cut-out sheet to another layer of silver. The bottom layer of silver is darkened to create a beautiful contrast with the highly polished top layer. In the Zuni overlay inlay technique, gemstone inlay fills the cut-out areas, forming a brilliantly colored counterpoint to the top layer of sterling silver.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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