This is a stunning Albert Lee bolo tie with beautiful Pilot Mountain turquoise.
Albert set this large Pilot Mountain turquoise in in a straight-edged bezel wrapped with twist wire. The turquoise measures 2 7/8″ inches long by 1 1/2″ inches at its widest.
The stamp-work surrounding the twist wire bites deep in the silver and highlights the sculpted edge border around the stone. The stone is a rich shade of blue-green and has beautiful chocolate brown matrix throughout. This has a traditional double-loop silver slide on back for adjusting the length. The sterling barrel end tips are handmade. The weight of the tips lends the ballast that makes the straps hang perfectly. The leather cord with silver tips measures 40″ inches long. A statement piece of wearable art for the collector in you.
The Pilot Mountain Turquoise Mine is located in western Nevada. It first began as a copper mine but as soon at turquoise was discovered there, copper mining ceased. Pilot Mountain Turquoise is one of the gem mines made famous for its extremely rare ability to form dendrites (manganese plant fossil replacements) in the Turquoise. The mine also produces very high-grade spiderweb stones, with interesting web matrix patterns that include red, brown, and black colors.
Condition: Excellent – original condition – new
Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist