Vintage Southwest Bolo Tie John Hornbek Turquoise Tufa Cast Sterling Silver Natural Turquoise

  • Tribe: Anglo
  • Condition: Excellent condition with approriate wear and patina. NO damage to the stones or the silver.
  • Size: Slide: 2-1/2" x 1-3/8"; Tips: 1-1/2" x 1"; Thong w/ cones: 44" long
  • Artisan: John Hornbek
  • Materials: Turquoise, Sterling Silver, Black Leather
  • Item Weight: 83 Grams / over 2-7/8 Ounces
  • Hallmark: Antelope Tracks


Anglo artist John Hornbek handmade this Natural Kingman Turquoise and Tufa Cast Sterling Silver Bolo Tie. Hornbek evokes the whirling wind with his masterful use of tufa casting. A silver drop seems to represent the individual and a beautiful piece of Natural Kingman turquoise, the sky in this fanciful motif. The handmade tips mirror this imagery. Sterling silver cones and well made black leather thong complete the bolo. JOHN HORNBEK (Anglo; active since 1970's) has long been inspired by the Native American communities around him. He is married to a Navajo woman who comes from a family of jewelers. Sylvia Adakai is the sister of famous jewelry artist Ray Adakai and their son Luke is an accomplished lapidary. This however was not where John first got inspired. He got his start as a bench caster for PRESTON MONONGYE to whom he credits with saving his life. For over three years John assisted Monogye by casting his pieces in trade for roof over his head and three meals a day. You can see strong similarities when comparing their work probably because they both really learned the technique together. After leaving Monogye, John began importing Spiny Oyster and has become one of the largest distributors of this beautiful shell