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NJ Inspired Bolo Tie with Lapis Lazuli Inlay

NJ themed bolo tie with stone inlay in silver and brass

This customer ordered this second Bolo Tie from me using his own creative ideas to represent his childhood home state of New Jersey and current resident city of Philadelphia.

customer's initial sketch and idea  my rendering of the idea

The NJ shaped Bolo features an all fabricated construction of sterling silver sheet and wire to thicken the edge without adding too much weight.

thickened edge cleaned up

The scallop motif is a favorite of his and always comes with nostalgia of the shore towns he loves, Barnegate and Cape May. The estuaries and inlets are all created with a crushed stone inlay technique to represent the state of NJ's most important ecosystem. The egret motif was taken from the customers own painting.

customer's egret painting

Since he and his wife are currently living in Philadelphia, we added the addition of a brass overlay to the "map" of this piece to highlight it. It's always a pleasure working with my customers who have an artistic vision of their own, as we collaborate to create unique and meaningful designs like this.

parts to the puzzle cut for soldering