STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN'S
SUN GOD BOLO TIE
This is a beautiful item; the scan does not do it justice. The sun god, or sunface, design is found in Zuni and Hopi Native American tradition, and symbolizes happiness. Another reference says that it represents peace and positive energy. Colors in the sunface designs indicate harmony: red is the earth, blue is sky or air, and turquoise is water. The black points represent the sun's rays.
Stevie purchased this bolo tie on May 22, 1987 in Phoenix before performing there that evening. The original cost was $225, on sale from $375. The semi-precious stones are set in sterling silver. He wore it on stage many times, including when he appeared with Stevie Wonder for the Characters TV special. Stevie is wearing this bolo tie in the Randy Jennings photo which Fender used in it's four-poster series advertising their Signature Stratocaster line of guitars.
Where is it now? Acquired by the president of the SRV Fan Club in April 1998. It is NOT for sale. It will be displayed on the fan club tours and at other appropriate events.
Where can I get a similar one? The sunface design varies by artist, and can be found in pins, rings pendants, kachinas, etc. Search southwestern jewelry stores specializing in Native American jewelry.