Navajo jewelry artist (and top notch rodeo cowboy) Ernest Rangel makes some of the finest ranger buckles. These are each $475 and  both are in Tucson.

Based upon a circuit board segment for a laser device, Robert Sorrell has created an amazing buckle...complete with directions on the reverse.... 1.75 by 3 inches.  $900 (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)

Hopi overlay buckles by Anderson Koinva. Each measures 1 1/2 by 2 3/8 inches and is made for a 1 inch belt and priced at $300.  (BOTH 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. 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  buckle at lwft was constructed with  SIX layers of silver and set with turquoise from the Tyrone Mine in southeastern New Mexico - a source for turquoise that dates back centuries. Made for a 1 inch belt, it measures 2 1/8 by 2 5/8 inches. By Leonard Nez. $875. The snadcast buckle was made by Alvin Thompson and fits a 1 1/2 inch belt. Overall it measures 2.25 by 2 7/8 inches. SOLD  (BOTH IN TUCSON)

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. $150. 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 is set with a mixture of turquoise from the Kingman and Sleeping Beauty mines in Arizona. 2 by 3 inches. $450 (Tucson) The buckle at right was made by Robert Sorrell. Tufa cast back with a mosaic of cuttlefish bone for the cast front. This is a technique that no one else has tried. 3 by 2 inches. $875  (SANTA FE)

Two more sandcast buckles: one by an old master (Harrison Bitsui made the one at left) and another y a new master, if I may use the term, Lorenzo Shirley. THe one at left was made for a 1 1/4 inch belt and measures 3 3/4 by 2 7/8 inches. SOLD The one at right was made for a 1 inch belt and 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 tufa cast buckle with a coral and a turquoise bead is by Robert Sorrel. 1 5/8 by 2 5/8 inches. $875. (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)

The sandcast buckle at left is by Robert Sorrell. 2 7/8 by 2 inches. $875. 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 (BOTH IN 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)

Two great sandcast one-of-kind buckles with overlay designs on reverse, by Robert Sorrell. Both are made for 1 1/4 belts but the one above is 2 7/8 by 1 7/8. (SANTA FE) and the one below measures 2 3/4 by 1 5.8 inches. (TUCSON) Each is $875.

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)

 

 

Below are two more buckles by Pat Pruitt: one set with stingray and the other with carbon fiber. Each of these measures 3.5 by 2 inches and was made for an 1.5 belt and priced at $700. We have both in a dress belt size (2.75 by 1.75 and made for a 1.25 inch belt) and priced at $600 each. (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)

 

An inlaid quail and eagle bola tie by Dennis (d) and Nancy Edaakie. 2.75 by 2.25 inches. $1100. 

 

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)

A shadowbox buckle by Robert Sorrell set with an exceptionally fine piece of coral - oxblood red. 2 7/8 inches across and 2 1/4 inches high. Will fit a 1 1/2 inch belt. (TUCSON)

What a great geometric stampwork buckle by Jennifer Curtis it was made for a 1 1/2 inch belt. It measures 2 1/4 by 3 inches. $800.  It has a handmade buckle back as well.  (Santa Fe)