If there was ever a bola tie that could be worn to a formal affair, this is it. A wonderfully iridescent piece of white mother of pearl shell, set in sterling and set off with a deep rich blue turquoise from the Tyrone Mine. 1.75 inches long. Meticulously crafted with great attention to detail, including a cord keeper on the reverse. By the incomparable Robert Sorrell. $850. (SANTA FE)

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A truly exceptional sandcast buckle by Gary Custer, set with a very fine stone from the Turquoise Mountain Mine in the Kingman Mining District. 4 inches long and made for 1 1/4 inch belt. $675 At right is a fine buckle by Robert Sorrell, accented by a coral bead. Made for 1a 1 14 inch belt, the buckle itself masures 2 by 3 inches. $800. (SANTA FE)

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At left is a sandcast bola tie by Robert Sorrell. The design was inspired by circuit board schematics. It doesn't get any more innovative. 2.5 inches long and $800. The center 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. The bola at right is by Sorrell and set with Pilot Mountain turquoise. $975. (ALL IN SANTA FE)

Three nice dress buckles, each made for a 1 inch belt. The one at left was made by Ray Adakai and is $150. The center one is a 'track' buckle style that Frances jones is so known for. 2 1/8 inch long. SOLD. The concha buckle at left is a little lighter than the one at far left, Made by Marcella James. $54. (SANTA FE)

An absolutely terrific buckle by the equally terrific Navajo silversmith, Arland Ben. Set with a great range of natural Bisbee turquoise. 2 by 3 inches and made for a 1.5 inch belt. $2400 (SANTA FE)

Hopi silversmith Anderson Koinva made the badger paw buckle for a 1 1/2 inch belt. The buckle itself measures just over 2 by 3 inches and is $400. The sandcast buckle set with Kingman turquoise is by Eugene Mitchell. Made for a 1 1/2 inch belt, its overall measurements are 3 by 2 1/8 inches. SOLD. (BOTH IN SANTA FE)

Two sandcast belt buckles by the Whitman family. The one at left is set with Morenci turquoise, it measures 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)

 

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 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. (TUCSON) The one at right 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)

 

 

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. (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) 

 

 

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 below is of sterling silver, made for a 3/4 inch belt and made by Lee Charley. $300. (TUCSON)

 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 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. $550. Matching bola tie below. (TUCSON)

 Frances Jones made this track buckle. 2.5 by 1.25 inches. It makes an elegant dress buckle. SOLD. (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)