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Sterling silver and real Turquoise.
Belt buckle measures approximately 2" long, 3-1/8" at widest, and will fit a belt that is up to 1-1/4" wide.
Excellent craftsmanship is shown throughout this amazing belt buckle! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo overlay hand crafted by artist Alex Sanchez, out of genuine sterling silver and a real Turquoise stone. Overlay is a process that utilizes at least two layers of sterling silver. One layer forms the foundation, while the second is used to design the individual detailed overlay. In this buckle, the second layer forms stunning designs including: bear, dragonfly, water wave, sun face, and more! The stone is gently placed in a hand cut bezel setting, while being accented with the designs for an extraordinary finish! In Native American beliefs, the bear symbolizes physical strength, leadership, and is known as the "first helper". Dragonflies are connected with water springtime, fertility, renewal, and are considered a messenger. The buckle is stamped sterling and hallmarked by the artist.
Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.