Oval Sterling Silver Belt Buckle. With Spiny Oyster and Mother of Pearl. 3.38" X 2.37". Will accept a belt of up to 184.108.40.206 grams = 2.32 Troy ounces. Navajo Bisbee Arizona Mine Turquoise Buckle. This Large Belt Buckle was made by a talented Navajo artist using a stunning Spiderweb Round Top Bisbee Mine Turquoise stone that has fantastic Matrix. It is stamp signed with the "T" hallmark depicting the maker, and it is not stamped "Sterling" on reverse of the buckle, but it is guaranteed to be Sterling Silver.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to identify the maker by name. There is moderate tarnish on this old buckle. The buckle is probably 30-45 years old. I have owned it since February of 2010 when I traded for it with a Santa Fe dealer.
The stone is really the story here and this high grade Bisbee Turquoise stone is magnificent. The Oval Convex shape and "Double Moon" "Double Square" design is impressive and worth examining in the magnified pictures! There is a lot of Color, Contrast, and Energy in this one. I have enjoyed owing it.I hope it speaks to the new owner as it has to me. If you are looking for a great esoteric and intriguing look in a Navajo belt buckle with a dramatic Bisbee Turquoise stone, I believe it will please you.. As the Navajo say, "Walk in Beauty".
Most of the Gem Grade Turquoise was collected between 1920 and 1950. I've lived in Arizona since the 90's in Tucson about 85 miles from Bisbee. It is arguably the home of the best Turquoise that Arizona has ever produced and some of the most desirable Gem Grade Turquoise in the world.
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For reference only Buckle 279. The item "BISBEE Mine Turquoise CONCHO BELT BUCKLE Navajo Zuni Style MOP & Sterling Silver" is in sale since Wednesday, June 17, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Cayman islands.