Beautifully made, and totally traditional, this buckle is a throwback to the ones worn by the Navajo themselves.
A buckle like this would have been a family treasure, to be worn for special occasions such as rodeos, going to town, ceremonies, and so forth.
Featuring a large, natural turquoise, the old-fashioned concho shape repeats the oval shape of the fine stone.
Every feature of the silver work supports the stone: the scalloped edge, the chiseled rope-like border, even the highly polished and repousse forms right around the turquoise.
The stone is natural, and seems to be a picture of the Navajo land: mountains at the bottom, clear blue sky above.
Handsome, well-made, and well-designed, we wish we had retained a note of the artist’s identity.
His work speaks for itself, though, and says “I am gorgeous, and special.”
It will fit a belt up to 1 3/4″ wide.