Ernest Rangel Royston Turquoise Tufa Cast Bolo

Item No: 24429

$ 675.00

  • The artistry of Navajo jewelry comes to life in this highly detailed bolo handcrafted by Ernest Rangel. The sterling silver bolo was created using the traditional jewelry technique of tufa casting, and all raised details and gemstones have been meticulously added by hand. Natural blue Royston turquoise gemstones adds a vibrant touch of color, while unique sterling symbols tie the design back to Navajo culture. This is a classic piece for both men and women who appreciate the beauty of fine Native American art.
    • Buckle handcrafted by Ernest Rangel (Navajo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Tufa-cast base with details and bezels added by hand
    • Buckle measures 2-1/4” long x 3”wide
    • Fits a 1-1/2” wide belt
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Ernest Rangel is an award-winning Navajo silversmith from Gallup, New Mexico, who is also a professional rodeo cowboy. He began make jewelry as a teenager, learning from his mother. He is known for his dramatic and sometimes rugged jewelry style, and sterling silver belt buckles and bracelets are considered his signature pieces. Often created through traditional tufa casting, Rangel’s work includes both traditional and contemporary designs. See Featured Artist Page
  • Ernest Rangel celebrates the traditional art of tufa casting in this brilliantly detailed buckle. The sterling silver belt buckle is a stunning backdrop for the beauty of natural blue Royston turquoise gemstones. The buckle is decorated with unique symbols that represent elements of nature, including rain, water and sunlight.
  • Tufa casting is a generations-old method of jewelry making developed by Navajo silversmiths. Tufa is a porous volcanic stone found in New Mexico and Arizona that is easy to cut and carve. In the casting process, a design is hand-carved into tufa stone, creating a negative space where molten silver or gold can be poured. After casting, the piece is refined and decorated by hand. Typically, tufa molds last for only one or two castings, making this a fragile process that is practiced by only the most skilled artists. Jewelry created through this process can be identified easily by the distinctive texture left on the metal by the tufa stone during casting.

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    • Buckle handcrafted by Ernest Rangel (Navajo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Tufa-cast base with details and bezels added by hand
    • Buckle measures 2-1/4” long x 3”wide
    • Fits a 1-1/2” wide belt
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

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