This vintage Navajo Indian handcrafted sterling silver Navajo belt buckle is adorned with an Authentic Turquoise stone, Blood Coral, 2 Buffalo Nickels, filigree, Naja etchings, as we as a beautifully detailed buffalo head.
The buffalo alone brings forth a lot of meaning and as well as usefulness to the Navajo. Not only is it the most popular and well known symbol of all Native American tribes, representing the bounties of the mother earth - Meat and milk serve as a great source of nutrition, their hides as protection against the elements, being instrumental in the ploughing of their lands. But the buffalo also symbolizes wisdom, renewal, and personal power.
Turquoise is an opaque mineral is rare and valuable - prized as a gemstone and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue.
The red coral, Although seeming rock-like, is actually a calcium carbonate skeleton produced by coral polyps: tiny marine creatures that live in rich, clean, tropical to sub-tropical shallow waters of the world’s oceans. The coral polyp that produces 'Blood Coral', the most valued of the corals used in jewelry and other pieces of art, symbolizes many concepts to the American Indians. Some associate it with birth, violence, war, blood, wounds, strength, energy, power, happiness, and beauty. Many Native Americans used it as a depictions of the Thunderbird and lightning, representing power and speed. It is especially prized and when Europeans first began to trade 'Blood Coral' nearly 600 years ago, it rapidly became an important trade item between the two cultures.
The 'Buffalo Nickels' issued from 1913 to 1937 (believed to have been modeled off of a specimen at the New York City Zoo named Black Diamond), were designed by James Earl Fraser as part of the Renaissance of American Coinage that began with President Theodore Roosevelt.
The Navajos are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States, and are the second-largest federally recognized tribe in the U.S, with the largest reservation in the country. The reservation straddles the Four Corners region and covers more than 27,000 square miles of land in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.
In the mid to late nineteenth century, the Navajos had learned silversmithing from the Spanish and pueblos. After learning how to silversmith, the Navajos began to combine silver with the Navajo turquoise. The Navajo turquoise jewelry was only used for ceremonies and religious rituals before tourists took interest into the Navajo art.
Black, white, blue, and green were the colors within the turquoise stone which represent the colors of the natural world. A horseshoe-shaped symbol or a symbol called “Naja” appeared often in tradition Navajo jewelry. The symbol Naja was obtained from the Mexican culture, which represents good fortune.
Complete with a certificate of Authenticity, this piece is an exciting investment that will only get better with age.
— Belt Buckle dimensions: 2"H x 2 3/4"W
— Authentic and genuine 925 Sterling Silver, Mineral and Crystal
— Since this piece is unique, you will receive exactly the piece pictured
— Includes Certificate Of Authenticity