Authentic Navajo Sterling Silver Sand Cast Turquoise Belt Buckle

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Eugene Mitchell - Navajo Sterling Silver
Sand Cast Turquoise Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU204

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Authentic Navajo Sand Cast Sterling Silver and Turquoise belt buckle

Material
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Turquoise, Read about stones
Size
2 3/4" x 2";
fits up to 1 1/2" belt
Weight
55 grams
Hallmarks
E S MITCHELL
STERLING
Artist
Eugene Mitchell, Navajo

Authentic Navajo Sand Cast Sterling Silver and Turquoise belt buckle

Eugene Mitchell - Navajo - Sterling Silver
Sand Cast Turquoise Belt Buckle

NBU204 - $375 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "Don't let the shadows and dark spots throw you. This is a brand new belt buckle in perfect condition silver is very difficult to photograph without getting reflections."

Authentic Navajo Sand Cast Sterling Silver and Turquoise belt buckle

Fits up to a 1 1/2" belt.

 

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What does Sand Cast mean?

Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using Tuff Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, Tufa Stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tuff or Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.

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