Duane Maktima’s name is synonymous with innovation, fine workmanship, generous mentoring. – and literally hundreds of awards.
Cool, in every sense – the unusual combination of stones give off a sleek, contemporary vibe.
That palette of cool colors is enlivened by the gleam of sterling silver in the channels dividing the stones, and the frame on which they are set.
The row of stones is set high above the boxed silver; the gently rounded, narrow rectangle’s beautiful proportions echo the form of the silver buckle itself.
The artist likes to play with unexpected and unusual stones, and puts them together in unique ways.
Charcoal striped zebra stone bookends the row of stones, which is centered by a piece of natural, Blue Moon turquoise.
Strips of intensely teal-hued gem silica flank the turquoise, bringing out its greeny-blue hue.
The stones are held by a simple bezel of sterling silver, whose plain surface reflects the deep chevrons decorating the overlaid silver surface of the buckle.
Every bit of this buckle has been hand made; as seen in the view of the back.
No machine-made findings to hold your belt; they are hand fabricated by the artist, of silver.
The back itself has been handsomely textured.
Even though the back doesn’t see the light of day, you know that this buckle is totally integrated: form, design, materials and finish are all exceptional.