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Tucson and Bolo ties

Those of us who reside in the Southwest can attest to the
proliferation of the bolo tie in all its endless variety, both
tasteful, artistic, and most often otherwise.

I respectfully suggest that bolo style neckwear isn’t only for the
men these days. Please take a look at page 48 in the January 2002
issue of Professional Jeweler Magazine, for a very elegant and
sophisticated example of a modern piece. They have featured one of my
crocheted bolo necklaces in 18kt gold with Tahitian pearls, green
tourmaline, and diamonds, a perfect accoutrement for the well
dressed lady.

Hopefully it’s not a fashion risk here in Arizona, or anywhere else

Michael David Sturlin, jewelry artist @Michael_David_Sturli

Michael Sturlin Studio, Scottsdale Arizona USA

It appears our friend Sam has struck a nerve! :slight_smile: North Carolina is
about as far from the southwest as you can get (aside from NY and New
England), both geographically and culturally. Contemporary SW jewelry
is a hard sell in this area. Nevertheless, I persist in keeping the
style in my heart, design book and display cases. I do see a revival
in the appreciation of better turquoise.

In any case, I wrote to tell of a show being held at the West
Southwest gallery in Denver, in conjunction with the SNAG (Society of
North American Goldsmiths) conference in June. I believe the show
title is “Bolos and Buckles.” I have submitted a contemporary bolo
for consideration for the show. It can be seen on my Web site at the
following URL:

As a side note, Rock and Gem magazine has always insisted the term
is “bola” not “bolo.” They insist bolo is one of those Argentinean
throwing things with three rocks and some cord. Sounds a little close
to the description of my tie… however you spell it! :wink:

All the best,


Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)