ZUNI 140 – Vintage 1961 ribbon winning buckle

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ZUNI 140 – Vintage 1961 ribbon winning buckle


Vintage 1961. This unique buckle is a combination of both a Navajo & Zuni artisans. Measuring 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. Beautiful details in stamping make this buckle stunning. The ribbon show is actually attached to the buckle and comes with the piece. When it was entered into the Inter-tribal ceremonial and won its ribbon, it was then attached to the buckle thus proving its authenticity and documenting its information. One-of-a kind. FREE leather belt with purchase !

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Vintage 1961 award winning belt buckle

When C.G. Wallace set up his business in the Zuni Pueblo in 1917, there were only 5 silversmiths. He soon employed local Navajos to set Zuni cut stones. For a number of years Zunis glued the sets of cut stones to a cardboard backing and sold them to traders who in turn passed the pre-mounted sets on to Navajo silversmiths. The trade worked both ways, with silver backs made for sale to the Zunis, and this arrangement proved to profitable for both groups. The Navajo Long Hair Kachina is one of the most prominent of all Kachinas it is danced from the Rio Grande to the Hopi Mesas. Its purpose is to bring the precious gift of rain to the life-sustaining crops

Sterling silver

Is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing, as well as casting porosity and fire scale.

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.

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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