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. The buckle weighs 55 grams.
This belt buckle is a true treasure! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Wilbert Muskett Sr., out of authentic sterling silver and real Turquoise stones. A total of TWO stones are delicately placed in a shadow box bezel setting, while hand cut silver work creates a fantastic bear paw design. Silver beads, twisted silver, and imprinted patterns compliment the buckle for a marvelous finish. The belt buckle is stamped sterling and hallmarked.
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.
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.