Gene and Martha Jackson of Chinle made this concha buckle set with Morenci turquoise. 3 by 2.25 inches and made for a 1 1/4 inch belt. $475 (TUCSON)

This sandcast buckle is on this page rather than the vintage page solely to remind folks that we do have some nice buckles in the Vintage Jewelry gallery.

Navajo jewelry artist (and top notch rodeo cowboy) Ernest Rangel makes some of the finest ranger buckles. These are each $475.  (The set at top has SOLD). The sandcast buckle was made by Aaron Anderson, a sandcast jewelry artist whose work I much admire. (ALL IN TUCSON)

 

Two sandcast belt buckles by the Whitman family. The one at left is set with Morenci turquoise, it measure 2 3/8 by 3 inches and was made for 1.5 inch belt. $350 the one next it to it was made for a 1.25 inch belt and is 2.25 by 3 inches. Set with Kingman turquoise. $300 (BOTH IN TUCSON)

 

Navajo jewelry artist Robert Sorrell was inspired by the geometry of circuit boards. 3 by 1.75 inches. Made for a 1 1/4 inch belt. $875. (TUCSON)

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. 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. (BOTH IN TUCSON)

Two wonderful sandcast buckles representing a continuum from the traditional to the contemporary. The cuttlefish cast at left is by Robert Sorrell and accented with a small 14 kt gold disc. A customer remarked that it looks like a ripple in the space-time continuum... 2.5 by just over 1.5 inches. Fits a 1 inch belt. $800. This Navajo sandcast buckle is by Navajo jeweler Arthur Smith. Set with Morenci turquoise, it was made for a belt1.25 inches wide. (BOTH IN TUCSON)

 

 

A phenomenal belt buckle by Robert Sorrel set with natural Bisbee turquoise and accented by 14kt gold geometric shapes. 2 by 2.75 inches, it was made to accommodate a 1 1/4 inch belt. $1600. (TUCSON)

The sandcast buckle at left was made by Alvin Thompson and fits a 1 1/2 inch belt. Overall it measures 2.25 by 2 7/8 inches. $240.  (TUCSON) The sandcast buckle at right was made about 40-50 years ago by Nellie Tso (1932-2011. $350. (SANTA FE)

A stunning, elegant buckle by Robert Sorrell. Set with natural turquoise from the Tyrone Mine, it was.made for a 1  inch belt, the buckle measures 1.5 by 2.75 inches. $825 (TUCSON) 

Two buckles - at left by the Delgarito family and the lower one (unsigned) by a member of the Blackgoat family. The top buckle was made for a 1 1/4 inch belt and measures 3 by 2 inches.SOLD the lower one also fits a 1 1.4 inch belt but can be changed to a 1 1/2 inch belt if you prefer. 3 by 2.5 inches. $110. (Santa Fe)

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BELOW: The ranger buckle at left was crafted by Pat Pruitt out of titanium! Lightweight but incredibly durable. Made for a 1 inch belt. $2400. The more traditional one at right is of sterling silver, made for a 3/4 inch belt and made by Lee Charley. $300.

 The buckle at left is set with a mixture of turquoise from the Kingman and Sleeping Beauty mines in Arizona. 2 by 3 inches. $450 (Tucson) 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. (BOTH IN TUCSON)

 

A remarkably well-detailed Eagle katsina bola tie by Andrea Lonjose-Shirley. 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 ha;;marked 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 quite working by the mid to late 80s (TUCSON)

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At left is a tufa cast bola tie by Robert Sorrell. The design is based upon a Mimbres Indian pottery motif and is accented by a coral bead and with tips he made as well. 2.5 inches long. SOLD The bola tie at right is also Navajo, but a more traditional design. 2 5/8 inches long it is set with what is probably treated turquoise from the Kingman turquoise which is why this beautifully crafted bola tie is $475 instead of $675 or more. By Rick Martinez.

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 ride. 2.5 inches long and made for a 1.25 inch belt. $550. Matching bola tie below. (TUCSON)

 Frances Jones made this track buckle. 2.5 by 1.25 inches. It makes an elegant dress buckle. $195. (Santa Fe)  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)

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) 

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)

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 left is in Tucson, one at right in 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)

 

A sandcast bola tie set with variscite from the New Landers Mine in Nevada, by Navajo artist Albert Lee. 3 by 2.25 inches. The handmade tips are 2.5 inches long. $800. (Santa Fe)

 

 

A beautiful sandcast bola tie accented by a single natural turquoise. By Robert Sorrell. 2 3/8 inches long, with handmade tips. $875. (SANTA FE)