This buckle is handmade by Zuni artists Ricky and Lucy Vacit. The piece is a wonderful mosaic inlay design that includes Acoma Jet, Mediterranean Coral, mother of pearl shell, and turquoise stones. You will find the inlay fills the solid silver rectangle piece, with a slight curve that will fit very comfortable against the natural bend of the waist. Right in the center you will find the Zuni Surface. The artists combine mirror shined sterling silver and bead wire to highlight the stone work. A unique piece of Native American handmade wearable art.
Zuni lapidary artist Harlan Coonsis made this classic Zuni Rainbowman buckle. The amazing piece has been decorated beautifully with a multi-stone colorful Rainbowman sitting against a mirror shined sterling silver and blue background.
Award-winning Navajo artist Vernon Haskie has begun to teach his son the art of jewelry making. Albert Haskie has made a handful of impressive pieces and seems to be inspired by the art of Navajo storytelling. The things you see when you cross the Navajo Nation are basketball hoops on the dirt driveways next to the family Hogan, sheep grazing in the wide open fields, gardens, pick-up trucks and the amazing high desert mesas.
There has been a revival in the tourist styles of Navajo silver. You will find lots of silver decorated with eagles, arrows, crossing arrows, snakes and whirling logs. Navajo silversmith Delbert Gordon has begun to make his own versions of those early 1900 classics.
Navajo silversmith Norbert Peshlakai is a modern day storyteller. He fills his art with all kinds of symbolism. This buckle is filled with two sterling silver overlay faces. You will find the faces to show wisdom, maybe the telling of a story.