Wilbur Iule, Zuni  -  Sterling Silver
Turquoise and Coral Belt Buckles
HK Item #NBU232

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Wilbur Iule, Zuni
Sterling Silver
Turquoise and Coral Belt Buckles

$210 each plus s/h

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sterling silver, Read about silver;
turquoise, coral, Read about stones
3" x 2"
fits up to 1 1/4" belt
46 grams
stamp;ed: W. Iule  STERLING
Wilbur Iule, Zuni

About Native American authenticity.

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver, turquoise and coral belt buckle by Zuni artist Wilbur Iule

Zuni Sterling Silver Stone Inlay belt buckle


Wilbur Iule is son of Horace Iule and Lupe Iule; brother of Cecilia Iule, Robert Iule, Barney Iule, Phillip Iule, and Ruby Lupe Leekity. His wife is Marilyn Iule. Wilbur learn jewelery making from his parents Horace and Lupe. He has been actively making jewelry since the 1980s and is noted for cast work, nuggets, buckles and crosses.

The late Horace Iule (1901-1978) was well known for his crosses. Horace worked with his wife Lupe Iule, who was from San Felipe Pueblo. They were married in 1933, and had six children. Horace was taught blacksmithing at the Phoenix Indian School and silversmithing by his father. He later became a teacher of silversmithing at the Zuni Day School. In 1928, Horace created the knifewing figure in silver jewelry and he was perhaps the first master Zuni artisan. He has been described as versatile and skilled¯ and a master of many elements of construction techniques, including casting and wrought-works and lapidary. According to the Extension Service in 1932 "Horace is considered to be the best jewelry maker of his tribe and won first prize on a collection at the recent Inter-Tribal Ceremonial and Fair at Gallup NM."

Reference: American Indian Jewelry II: A-L 1800 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Schaaf.


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.

About Red Coral

Red Coral is the common name given to Corallium Rubrum and several related species of marine coral. Red coral is a collection of hundreds of tiny animals living together in a colonies that resemble small leafless bushes growing on dark, rocky seabottom. The coral skeleton is composed hard calcium carbonate, colored in shades of red from pale pink to deep red. It can be semi-translucent to opaque. It is naturally matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine. Red coral is frequently dyed to enhance color and it can also be impregnated with resins or epoxies to fill surface fissures and flaws.

Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. The Romans believed coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure bites from snakes and scorpions and diagnose diseases by changing colour. Read more . . .

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