The bola tie of a coral Mudhead inlaid in pen shell is by Augustine and Rosalie Pinto of Zuni. Unsigned. 2.5 by 2 inches. $525. (TUCSON) The next bola tie is set with turquoise from the Pilot Mountain Mine in Nevada, by Craig Agoodie. 2 5/8 by 2 1/4 inches. $875. (SANTA FE) By Robert Sorrell this one is set with Pilot Mountain turquoise. $975. (SANTA FE)

Two absolutely terrific contemporary tufa-cast buckles by Kevin Yazzie. The third photo shows his attention to detail with a sturdy yet stylish buckle back. The first is 3 1/8 by 1.75 inches. The second buckle is 2 7/8 by 2 inches. Each is made for a 1 1/4 inch wide belt and priced at $450. (SANTA FE)

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 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) Lorenzo Shirley made the classic vintage style sandcast buckle at right. Designed for for a 1 inch belt, it measures measures 2.75 by 2.5 inches. $350. (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) 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. (TUCSON) 

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Above. Navajo silversmith Lorenzo Shirley has begun creating bracelets and buckles using a double sand cast technique. This buckle was made for a 1.25 inch wide belt and is priced at $500.2 3/8 inches across and about 1 /34 inches high. (TUCSON)

A bola tie by Albert Nells. 2.5 inches long. $550. (SANTA FE)

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)