Saddle Blanket Design Buckle
This most unique of jewelry artists lives in the Monument Valley area of the Navajo lands, and helps his mother herd her sheep.
He also works as production assistant, jeep guide, and even occasional acting talent, for the frequent film projects that come to this breathtaking, but desolate, area.
In between, he fabricates some of the most unusual, meticulously made, and remarkable jewelry seen anywhere.
This striking buckle is one of his more traditional, conventional pieces, but gorgeous, anyway.
Taking his inspiration from traditional, Navajo saddle blankets, the artist has fashioned an overlaid design of regular zig-zags, re-creating the woven wool patterns seen under saddles.
Every one of these zigs and zags is cut out by hand.
Notice that there are two different sizes of silver bands: one narrow and plain; one broader, and hand stamped with a regular pattern of three dots at intervals.
The background silver is darkened to a velvety uniformity, allowing the raised lines to really stand out – literally.
The reverse is not ignored by this extraordinary jeweler.
Even the working parts are hand made of silver, and the squared-off bar that holds the belt is also stamped with dots.
In fact, the entire surface, on this back side, is decorated with tiny, and tinier, dots, each one hand stamped.
Seemingly simple, graphic and handsome, this buckle is also sophisticated, quietly sensational, and impeccably made.
Enjoy a true. wearable work of art.