Authentic Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle

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Sharon Cisco - Navajo Sterling Silver
Overlay Eagle Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU203

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Authentic Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay Eagle belt buckle

Material
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Size
3" x 2", fits up to 1 1/2" belt
Weight
44 grams
Hallmarks
Sterling
SC
Artist
Sharon Cisco, Navajo

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Authentic Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay Eagle belt buckle

Fits up to a 1 1/2" belt.

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What is Overlay?

With silver overlay, there are two layers of silver - the top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then placed over a solid silver bottom layer.

The bottom layer is the background behind the cutouts and is traditionally darkened (oxidized) for contrast. Navajo silversmiths typically leave the background smooth while Hopi usually etch the background with hashmarks.

The two layers are then “sweated” together - the silver is heated until the two layers meld.

The result is a 3-D picture with great depth and interest.


About Silver

100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish. Read more about silver.

 

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