Three beautiful sandcast buckles by Aaron Anderson. The buckle second from left is in Tucson - the rest are in Santa Fe.  The two buckles at left are each 2.75 by 2 inches and $475. The next buckle, in plain silver is 2.25 by 2.75 inches and made for a 1 1/2 inch belt. $400. The bola ties of a coral Mudhead inlaid in pen shell is by Augustine and Rosalie Pinto of Zuni. Unsigned. 2.5 by 2 inches. $525. (TUCSON)

Above left is a beautifully executed (and heavyweight) buckle by Joseph D. Coriz of Kewa (Santo Domingo Pueblo) It measures 1 /38 by 2 5/8 inches. With a 14kt gold moon with small gold dots scattered throughout. It shows many of the animals and plants and forces of nature that affect traditional life in the Pueblos. $725. (SANTA FE) The desert overlay buckle at right, with a basket weave background, was made by Rick Manuel. 2.5 by 1.5 inches and made for a 1 inch belt.  $375. (TUCSON) A unique buckle by Robert Sorrell. 1.5 by 3 inches and made for a 1.25 inch belt, it is a cuttlefish bone cast. Robert rarely talks about the concept behind a piece, but this time he did, describing it as that moment when you find your place in life and settle into it. $875 (SANTA FE)

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The bola tie at far left is set with turquoise from the Pilot Mountain Mine in Nevada by Craig Agoodie. 2 5/8 by 2 1/4 inches. $875. The next bola by Robert Sorrell and set with Pilot Mountain turquoise. $975. A beautiful sandcast bola tie accented by a single natural turquoise. By Robert Sorrell. 2 3/8 inches long, with handmade tips. SOLD (ALL IN SANTA FE)

The pioneering Tohono O'odham silversmith, Rick Manuel made this overlay buckle with a summer thunderstorm. A fine example of the desert overlay tradition he began many years ago. Made for a 1 1/4 inch belt, it measures 2 1/8 by 1 5/8 inches. $475. (TUCSON) The contemporary buckle at right, set with an exceptionally nice turquoise from the Royston Mine in Nevada, is by Robert Sorrell. Also made for a 1 1/4 inch belt, it measures 2.5 by 1.75 inches. $1100. (SANTA FE) The sandcast buckle was made for a 1.25 inch belt and is 2.25 by 3 inches. Set with Kingman turquoise. SOLD (TUCSON)

The Navajo sandcast buckle at left is by Navajo jeweler Arthur Smith. Set with Morenci turquoise, it was made for a belt 1.25 inches wide. The next one was made by Alvin Thompson and fits a 1 1/2 inch belt. Overall it measures 2.25 by 2 7/8 inches. $240.  Lorenzo Shirley made the sandcast buckle at right. Designed for for a 1 inch belt, it measures measures 2.75 by 2.5 inches. $350. (ALL IN TUCSON)


A remarkably well-detailed Eagle katsina bola tie by Andrea Lonjose. 3.5 inches high and 2.5 inches across. $675. (SANTA FE) The old stye concha buckle at right was made for a 1 3/4 inch belt. It measures 3 1/8 by 2 7/8 inches. $325. A nice heavy weight, it hallmarked RG - made in the 1970s/80s but we have been unable to positively identify the silversmith, as is often the cases with smiths from that era who quit working by the mid to late 80s (TUCSON)


The classic sandcast buckle at left is 2 7/8 wide and 2 1/4 high. $275. (SANTA FE) A beautiful buckle by Albert Nells who uses stones representing the four directions and a fret motif that his grandmother told him was woven as a border on many saddleblankets as a protection for both horse and rider. 2.5 inches long and made for a 1.25 inch belt. SOLD (TUCSON)  Kee Yazzie created the overlay buckle at right. Made for a 1.5 inch belt, it measures 2 by just under 3 inches. $480 (TUCSON)


Sandcast and overlay buckle by Robert Sorrell, based upon the Spider Woman stories that are a part of the lore of so many tribes. The turquoise bead corresponds to the hole on the front of the buckle. 2 3/8 by 3 inches.  $1100. (Santa Fe) A great sandcast one-of-kind buckle with overlay designs on reverse, by Robert Sorrell. 2 7/8 by 1 7/8 inches and made for 1 /14 inch belt. (TUCSON) 

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Navajo silversmith Lorenzo Shirley has begun creating bracelets and buckles using a double sand cast technique. Each is made for a 1.25 inch wide belt and each is priced at $500. They measure 2 3/8 inches across and about 1 /34 inches high. (The one at right is in Tucson, one at left — SOLD)

A stainless steel buckle by Pat Pruitt, from Laguna Pueblo. It measures 2 by 2.5 inches. $1250. (Santa Fe-where you can find more of his work at Tom Taylor Buckles in the La Fonda hotel) The stainless steel buckle at right, with an inset of niobium is the same size and priced at $1750. (TUCSON)