Zuni 142 Vintage 1960’s Elliot Qualo bolo tie


Elliot Qualo was a very well known artist in the 1960-1970’s in the Zuni Village. Born in the 1930’s , he was a pioneer in detailed inlay figures such as dancers, birds and native people. This bolo tie measures a 2″ across. The image inlay ed with abolone, turquoise, coral , jet and white mother of pearl. Set in solid sterling silver with the original black leather cord and sterling silver tips. A wonderful example of history and Native American craftsmanship

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Abalone Shell

Abalone Shell (as well as most seashells) is a “Bio-Crystal” meaning it is created by a biological organism rather than formed in the earth from inert minerals, like carbon or silicon. Shells are made of nacre (aka Mother of Pearl) which is Aragonite or Calcite crystals layered with proteins secreted by the sea animal. As the Abalone grows it deposits multiple layers over time creating bright rainbow iridescent colors when light refracts the stacked microscopic layers. Abalone is ideal for jewelry and has been worn for thousands of years by Native Peoples.


White & Gold Mother of Pearl

The provenance story of the White Mother of Pearl shell begins in the remote crystal-clear turquoise waters of Northern Australia, nurturing and growing the sought after White South Sea Pearls. The lustrous pearly white color of the shells reflects the pristine natural environment in which they are formed and shells from this area are renowned to have the purest white coloring.

Red coral (Corallium Rubrum) comes from certain areas, such as the Mediterranean, where the specific water temperature and conditions allow coral to thrive. Coral is a hardened tube or branch. Only about 10% of coral is considered jewelry quality. Coral comes in shades from blood-red to orange to pink to white.

Although coral has been used by Stone Age peoples as long as 30,000 years ago to decorate sepulchers (burial vaults), Native American artists have only used coral for the last 600 years.


Jet is a product of high-pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago, commonly the wood of trees. Jet is found in two forms, hard and soft. Hard jet is the result of carbon compression and salt water; soft jet is the result of carbon compression and fresh water. Native American Navajo and Pueblo tribes of New Mexico were using regionally mined jet for jewelry and the ornamentation of weapons when early Spanish explorers reached the area in the 1500’s.Today these jet deposits are known as Acoma jet, for the Acoma Pueblo.

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