Sterling silver and real Turquoise.
Belt buckle measures approximately 2-1/2" long, 3" at widest, and will fit a belt that is up to 1-1/2" wide and weighs 53 grams.
This magnificent and traditional belt buckle represents the finest of Navajo craftsmanship! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Wilbert Muskett Sr., out of genuine sterling silver and real Turquoise stones. A total of NINETEEN stones are gently placed in hand cut bezel settings, while hand cut silver work creates a beautiful bear paw design. Mini silver beads, twisted silver, and imprinted designs can be seen highlighting the buckle for a delightful finish. In Native American beliefs, the bear paw is usually considered a way to call for the power of the animal spirit, or as an indication of the presence of the spirit. It is a symbol that represents inner strength. The belt buckle is stamped sterling and hallmarked.
Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.