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I have been trying to identify a certain gem/stone/shell? inlay

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I have been trying to identify a certain gem/stone/shell? inlay in a sterling setting of a bolo tie marked NAKAI. Can anyone help me re this matter? I have photos available to attach.
Hi Mikki,

It is Nora here again.

I would be happy to help you with your bolo. It is marked sterling or 925?

Would it be possible for you to send me photos? A full image with the design and a clear, in-focus close-up of the mark would be ideal.

When taking a clear close-up try using the macro function on your camera. It looks like a small flower icon. This will allow sharper focus at a closer-range.

When evaluating an item, photos are essential to helping me come to a correct assessment.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


I cannot get a good close-up of the back. It says "sterling" and up inside under the clasp is "NAKAI".


Sorry it took me so long but I was having problems downloading the pics - not used to using imgur.

Hi Mikki,

You did an excellent job with imgur and the photos were perfect, thanks.

The material is sometimes called green abalone, which is indeed the nacre lining inside of a paua shell.

The mark, Nakai, is for the Navajo jewelry artists George and Grace Nakai. Which makes sense because the bolo is a western men’s wear item.

Your bolo dates to circa 1960-1970s.

On today’s market a vintage and sterling green abalone bolo by Nakai would sell for $40 - $75. The insurance, or replacement value is $175. The sale price is due to the slump in the global economy, and not because of a loss of interest in this.

Feel free if you have further questions about your vintage Navajo bolo.

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Hi Mikki~

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