1960's Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise & Coral Eagle Belt Buckle
For you today is a great Vintage Navajo Native American Sterling Silver Signed Robert Nez Turquoise Coral Eagle Belt Buckle. This is one for your Native American / Southwestern collection! This large buckle is made from heavy gauge sterling silver and has been decorated with 2 dry creek turquoise and one small red coral cabochons. The silversmith has created a gorgeous piece of wearable are withhandtooled designs that feature a "Thunderbird" in flight with 3D detail. The artist fills the rest of the buckle with a large silver leaf, 1 silver flower, 2 shells, and other ornate silverwork. All mounted to a blackened scorched silver base. The artist finishes decorating by running heavy gauge twisted wire and repeat stamped sooth wire around the outer rim. Finishing the buckle with a stout pin set and swivel type belt clasp. The buckle measures 4"L x 3"H and weighs a staggering 115.1 grams. It is pure sterling silver and stamped by the Navajo artist. The buckle will accommodate up to a 1¾" wide belt. Very nice vintage 60's Navajo collector's claw belt buckle!
The Dry Creek Turquoise mine is located in Lander County, Nevada. Dry Creek Turquoise has gained much popularity in recent years with its milky white and light blue coloring and brown matrix. This color of turquoise was not previously used in jewelry. Different from the White Buffalo from Tonopah, Nevada, Dry Creek is indeed considered a very rare mine, because the mine is currently closed. Dry Creek with brown matrix is the highest grade of this turquoise. This buckle was signed by the artist, Robert Nez.
Style: Belt Buckle
Stamped: "Robert Nez, Kaibeto, Arizona, Navajo, ©79"
Buckle Measurements: 4" L x 3" H
Total Gram Weight: 115.1 grams
Condition: Very Good pre-owned condition. The Sterling Silver was not professionally cleaned. We didn't want to compromise the natural vintage patina.