Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts: Zuni Chip Inlay Turquoise and Red Coral.
Item Measurements: The belt buckle measures 2.02" in length and 3.03" wide. Men's or Women's: Unisex. This lovely item was handmade by a talented Zuni artisan.
The buckle features chip inlay turquoise and red coral stones in a geometric motif. The buckle also features traditional Native American stampings, such as the stamping for the sun, as well as the stamping for the feather symbol. The sun symbolizes consistency and the feather represents leadership. This item is slightly tarnished in the low relief areas, which is to be expected of an item this age, and adds to the character of this item.
The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout.
Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. Zuni jewelry is very distinct from other Native American tribes; it most notably features gorgeous inlay designs, as well as petit point and needle point stone work. These highly detailed techniques, combined with exceptional metal work, makes the Zuni tribe one of the best-known jewelry making tribes in the world.
The Zuni Nation is well known for their stone inlay work, mosaic-like images depicting religious and cultural motifs created from materials that were readily available. Their modern work is well known for its bold stone colors; often turquoise and coral are used. It is rare for their pieces to be signed, as the Zuni People believe artwork belongs to the entire community. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s.When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing.
Red Coral is a highly prized stone by Native American cultures and has long been used by artisans in the Southwest. Spanish traders introduced coral to the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and other tribes, and it quickly became a sign and symbol of wealth and status in many different Native American cultures. It varies in color from deep red to orange, with red being the preferred choice of Native American jewelry makers. Chip inlay is a method of filling indentations or cavities in jewelry with crushed stone, usually turquoise or red coral, mixed with some sort of resin or epoxy.After the resin hardens, the piece is polished down for a smooth surface that exhibits a beautiful, mosaic-like effect. This technique is first credited to jewelry artist, Tommy Singer, in 1970. It remains one of the most sought after styles of Native American jewelry. The item "Antique Vintage Native Sterling Silver Zuni Turquoise Coral Inlay Belt Buckle" is in sale since Saturday, April 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Belt Buckles". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.