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Vintage Sterling Silver
Bear Claw Bear Paw Belt Buckle
HK Item #BU136 

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Vintage Turquoise Bear Claw Bear Paw Belt Buckle

Size
3" x 2 3/8"
Fits up to a 1 5/8" belt
Material
sterling silver, Read about silver;
turquoise, Read about stones;
claw
Weight
69 grams
Hallmarks
DC
STERLING
Artist
unknown
Condition
Vintage, Pre-owned, excellent; stones and claw intact and tight with no cracks or chips; see photos for patina and wear

Vintage Turquoise Bear Claw Bear Paw Belt Buckle

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal by exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even NOS.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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Vintage Sterling Silver
Bear Claw and Paw Belt Buckle

#BU136 - $495

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Paula says - "This vintage sterling silver buckle has a real claw and an overlay bear paw as well. Three matching turquoise stones are set in hand cut bezels. This piece is in excellent condition!

"DC is a hallmark that has been used by several Navajo silversmiths so because we can't say for sure which one, we are listing this as Unknown.

"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."

Vintage Turquoise Bear Claw Bear Paw Belt Buckle

Vintage Turquoise Bear Claw Bear Paw Belt Buckle

Vintage Turquoise Bear Claw Bear Paw Belt Buckle

Will fit up to a 1 5/8" wide belt.

Questions or more details.

Store Policies

TURQUOISE is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.
Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

Bears are the main figure in the Mountain Way, an important Navajo ceremony. Bear claws are a traditional adornment to pendants and bracelets.

(Note: Almost all natural bear claws have a slight imperfection - many of them have a rub mark, a scratch, a crack or even a piece missing. Like the lines in people's fingernails, these imperfections are just part of the claw. In fact, that is one way you can tell that the bear claw is authentic and not man-made.)

Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.


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