Billy Betoney Hook Necktie with Kingman Turquoise
Sterling silver clip on necktie set with natural Kingman turquoise, six links connected by O rings, 1 1/8″ hook at top and classic tie tack on 4th link by Billy Betony, Navajo
2 1/8″ wide
9 1/2″ long
Billy Betoney was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation near Teesto, Arizona. During the mid 1970’s, Billy’s wife, Betty, taught him the art of silversmithing. Being artistic in nature, he was a natural at the craft and was soon making rings, bracelets, and eventually large necklaces. With more experience, Billy no longer needed to draw his patterns, the designs were visionary. He began to incorporate his mother’s rug designs into the jewelry he made, cutting 1/8-inch-high silver strips and formed them to the desired shapes.
In the late 1980’s, Billy tried entering Santa Fe Indian Market on five separate occasions and was denied each time. Determined to show his work, a close relative allowed him to share a booth at Indian Market in 1989. That year he won “Most Creative Design – Any Class,” and continued to win numerous first- and second-place prizes in consecutive years. Billy Betoney’s style is unmistakable and he continues to concentrate on new ideas and designs for his work with his use of duster, petite point, diamond-shape, oval, and round stones combined with rug designs formed from silver strips.