ZUNI 129 A Georgina Calavaza 1960’s belt buckleA


Vintage 1960’s Zuni belt buckle. A rare opportunity to own a piece of the Calavaza’s family jewelry. This piece is one of the only pieces we have seen. Handcrafted by the daughter of Effie and Juan. Georgina is not known to have made many pieces and to have her signature on a piece is special. It is the style of the snakes wrapping around the stones. The 6-natural blue Morenci turquoise is beautiful. The buckle is a heavy casting in solid sterling silver. Measuring 3-1/2″ in length x 2-3/8″ in height.

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Georgina Calavaza-Zuni

Her families snake designs are known for their signature style. Her mom ( Effie ) began making jewelry in the 1950’s. Her father Juan taught the family how to make jewelry. Georgina has 3- sisters and although her mother Effie was the most well known of all the family members all the children made jewelry and helped each other. The family went all the way to the Supreme Court to obtain a full copyright of the families artwork mostly to protect their designs from being copied.

Morenci Turquoise
Morenici Turquoise is mined in southeastern Arizona, in Greenlee County. It is light blue to high blue in color. Morenci has an unusual matrix of irregular black pyrite, or fool’s gold; when polished, the pyrite often looks like silver. It also is sometimes webbed in a darker shade of blue, called water webbed. Morenci turquoise is well known because it was one of the first American turquoises to come on the modern market, and is often difficult to obtain because the mine is now depleted, making it an exceedingly collectible turquoise.

Material coming out in the 1960’s seems to be harder, tending more to the blue-greens, usually with the pyrite. In the 1970’s, the material was a much brighter blue, often with quartz along with the pyrite.

Oxidized silver (black coloring in the silver ) is a process that many jewelers use to give sterling silver a black patina. It gives the jewelry an antique or tarnished look. The process consists of taking clean sterling silver and using a chemical (liver of sulphur) to treat it to speed up the tarnishing effect.

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 has a minimum 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 and fire scale. Such elements include germanium, zinc, silicon and boron.


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