Navajo Sterling Silver Pilot Mountain Turquoise Belt Buckle

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Mike Platero - Navajo Sterling Silver
Sandcast Turquoise Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU157

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Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Turquoise belt buckle

Materials
Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Size
3 1/2" x 2 1/4" - fits up to a 1 1/2" belt
Weight
113 grams
Hallmarks
Mike Platero
STERLING
Artist

Mike Platero, Navajo

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Mike Platero - Navajo
Sandcast Sterling Silver
Turquoise Belt Buckle

NBU157 - $475 SOLD

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Paula says -

"This magnificant buckle has nine Pilot Mountain turquoise stones masterfully set smooth bezels."

Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Turquoise belt buckle

Fits up to a 1 1/2" belt.

Store Policies

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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