Sterling Silver 10-Stone Belt Buckle! Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. Dimensions - 3.0" X 2.0". Will accept a belt of up to 18.104.22.168 grams = 1.68 Troy ounces. This wonderful Belt Buckle was made by the famous and talented Zuni artist Jobeth D. She started producing jewelry in 1971. She is most famous for his this very design in her jewelry. As a noted Zuni artist, her work is featured in several high end galleries and collections in all the major Native Jewelry catalogs and reference books. Jobeth became famous in an odd way in 2002 when her jewelry was featured on models in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. This is etch signed with her correct hallmark "Mary Jobeth Mayes Zuni (with a hand drawn cornstalk)".
Her hand etched signature and the corn stalk is very charming for me and I believe that it is unique in its presentation. There are some artist hallmark stamps that I like to look at, but seeing her signature and the related artistic design surrounding it always a treat! It is guaranteed to be Sterling Silver and authentic. I have found no defects like cracked or loose stones, noteworthy scratches, etc. It has a light tarnish.
This may have come from a collection or may have just been used lightly. I don't believe that Jobeth has made jewelry in many years, so a buckle in this condition is a great find. Over the years, I have never encountered one of her buckles with a "Leaf Theme", I believe it to be very rare... I believe that you will be pleased!The workmanship is exceptional and fine. It features a channel inlay pattern of 10 Turquoise stones along the top and bottom as well as 10 hand cut Turquoise rounds paced in the center field along with 10 Sterling Silver imperfect "water drops" that give it visual depth! This is a highly prized and iconic Jobeth Mayes museum quality piece.
This amazing Buckle is full of character and may be recognized by many people. When you take a look at the pictures, please inspect the buckle carefully for the fine detail in both design and execution. Your friends may compliment you and your taste in Zuni Jewelry.
Recommended Reference Books - This artist is referenced if there is a page # shown below. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaff.
"AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: A-L" - Gregory Schaaf. "HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - page 116. "THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER" - Billie Hougart - page 228. "ZUNI THE ART AND THE PEOPLE"- Bell- Volume 2, page 33.
The item "Signed JOBETH D. MAYES Maize Zuni BELT BUCKLE Sterling Silver RARE LEAF DESIGN" is in sale since Monday, May 4, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona.
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