Sterling silver, real Turquoise, and real Corals.
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 54 grams.
This magnificent and traditional Bear Paw 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, real Corals, and a real Turquoise stone. The Turquoise stone is gently placed in a shadow box bezel setting, while a total of SIXTEEN Corals are placed in bezel settings to form a beautiful border design. Hand cut silver work creates a striking bear paw design around the Turquoise, while mini silver beads, twisted silver, and imprinted designs highlight 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.
Corals are known to be very soothing and very protective. Coral is of an organic origin; it is the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.
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.