JM 205 Zuni inlay belt buckle

$1,499.00

Stunning handcrafted belt buckle by Zuni artist. 100% authentic and set in solid sterling silver. Almost 200 individual hand cut genuine stones and shells like turquoise,coral,black jet and white mother of pear are used in this buckle.  Detailed stamping around the edges along with twist wire creates a beautiful setting. Measuring 3″ x 2-1/4″. Please include your pant size as a FREE leather belt in included !

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ZUNI INLAY BELT BUCKLE


White Mother of Pearl

The provenance story of the White Mother of Pearl shell begins in the remote crystal-clear turquoise waters of Northern Australia, nurturing and growing the sought after White South Sea Pearls.

The lustrous pearly white color of the shells reflects the pristine natural environment in which they are formed and shells from this area are renowned to have the purest white coloring.

 


Jet – is a very lightweight stone comprised of fossilized coal/wood.  It is grounding and balancing, and as it also carries a negative electrical charge, is good for drawing power and knowledge to the bearer.   It is also helpful in stabilizing finances and is said to soothe migraines.   A highly protective stone, feminine, good for mourning & healing of grief.  Helps protect against illness, epilepsy, stomach pain, colds, glandular problems, and lymphatic problems.  Combined with Amber it is extremely powerful and protective.


The Sleeping Beauty Mine, located in Globe, Arizona, is no longer an active mine. For many years it produced a wide range of turquoise that is now even more highly prized for its solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last five decades or so it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.

There is a small town in south central Italy, near Naples, famous for its cameos. Their needs for huge quantities of this material over the years have always kept the supply down and demand high. The clear blue is reminiscent of old Persian turquoise and is without doubt the most preferred and prized by Europeans, both for cameos as well as in bead or jewelry form.

There is a sister mine nearby, called the Bluebird, that produces some of the world’s most beautiful azurite. This material is a copper oxide and also contains malachite, chrysocolla as well as a mineralized copper or cuprite. This is a rare and undervalued gemstone that has all but disappeared from the marketplace.


 

Red coral (Corallium Rubrum) comes from certain areas, such as the Mediterranean, where the specific water temperature and conditions allow coral to thrive. Coral is a hardened tube or branch. Only about 10% of coral is considered jewelry quality. Coral comes in shades from blood-red to orange to pink to white.

Although coral has been used by Stone Age peoples as long as 30,000 years ago to decorate sepulchers (burial vaults), Native American artists have only used coral for the last 600 years.

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