Here is a new version of the swirling feather pattern favored by this mega-gifted jeweler from Isleta Pueblo.
Feathers, especially eagle feathers, carry hopes and prayers up to the heavens since birds fly so high – especially eagles.
These abstract feathers are flawlessly cut out and overlaid on a darkened and textured base of silver.
The pattern covers the piece entirely, with cut out edges, so the whole buckle looks like a burst of feathers, frozen into silver.
The design features individual feathers facing different directions, and somewhat on the diagonal, adding to the impression of animated movement.
In the center, a handsome, natural Blue Mountain turquoise is set high, surrounded by a rope-cut border and a cut-out silver frame.
With its smooth surface and dark teal hue, it is a lovely counterpoint to the mirror-bright, angular forms of the silver.
The serene center stone, with its restful oval form, grounds the dynamic effect of feathers flying in a rushing wind.
Scrupulously fabricated by hand; even the working bits on the back, also in heavy-gauge silver, are hand made. It will fit a 3/4-inch wide belt.
This buckle has a dramatic, sophisticated and graphic pattern that is suitable for both men and women, for tailored wear, as well as more casual occasions.
Top-quality materials, skill, and artistry are exuberantly evident in the design and its implementation.